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English verb: contain

1. contain (stative) include or contain; have as a component

SamplesA totally new idea is comprised in this paper.
The record contains many old songs from the 1930's.

Synonymscomprise, incorporate

Pattern of useSomething ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)include

2. contain (stative) contain or hold; have within

SamplesThe jar carries wine.
The canteen holds fresh water.
This can contains water.

Synonymsbear, carry, hold

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)include

Narrower (hyponym)confine, enclose, hold in, retain

Verb groupcontain, hold, take

3. contain (social) lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits

SamplesModerate your alcohol intake.
Hold your tongue.
Hold your temper.
Control your anger.

Synonymscheck, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold back, keep, keep back, restrain

Narrower (hyponym)abnegate, bate, bound, catch, confine, conquer, counteract, countercheck, crucify, curb, damp, deny, inhibit, limit, mortify, restrain, restrict, restrict, stamp down, subdue, subdue, suppress, thermostat, throttle, train, trammel

4. contain (stative) be divisible by

Samples24 contains 6.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Domain categoryarithmetic

5. contain (stative) be capable of holding or containing

SamplesThis box won't take all the items.
The flask holds one gallon.

Synonymshold, take

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb groupaccommodate, admit, bear, carry, contain, hold, hold

6. contain (competition) hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

SamplesArrest the downward trend.
Check the growth of communism in South East Asia.
Contain the rebel movement.
Turn back the tide of communism.

Synonymsarrest, check, hold back, stop, turn back

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)defend

Narrower (hyponym)cut down, cut out

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