contain

  • 1 Contain — Con*tain , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contained}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Containing}.] [OE. contenen, conteinen, F. contenir, fr. L. continere, tentum; con + tenere to hold. See {Tenable}, and cf. {Countenance}.] 1. To hold within fixed limits; to comprise;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Contain — Con*tain , v. i. To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity. [1913 Webster] But if they can not contain, let them marry. 1 Cor. vii. 9. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 contain — verb Etymology: Middle English conteinen, from Anglo French cunteign , cuntyen , stem of cuntenir, from Latin continēre to hold together, hold in, contain, from com + tenēre to hold more at thin Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to keep… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 4 contain — containable, adj. /keuhn tayn /, v.t. 1. to hold or include within its volume or area: This glass contains water. This paddock contains our best horses. 2. to be capable of holding; have capacity for: The room will contain 75 persons safely. 3.… …

    Universalium

  • 5 Contain — may refer to: Container (disambiguation) Containment (disambiguation) See also All pages beginning with Contain All pages with titles containing contain* Content (disambiguation) Include (disambiguation) …

    Wikipedia

  • 6 able to contain a great deal — index capacious Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 7 contain — I (comprise) verb be composed of, be compounded of, be constituted of, be formed of, capere, comprehendere, consist of, embody, embrace, enfold, envelop, hold, include, incorporate, number, reckon among, subsist of associated concepts: containing …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 contain oneself — index refrain Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 9 consist of, contain — These words are used interchangeably, but contain is a synonym only of consist of, not consist in. Consist of and contain express the notion that something so exists that something else can be placed or noticed within it: The can contains… …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 10 contain — See consist of. See consist of, contain …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 11 contain — verb Contain is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑act, ↑archive, ↑article, ↑bag, ↑barrel, ↑basket, ↑beaker, ↑bill, ↑bowl, ↑box, ↑briefcase, ↑bucket, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 12 contain — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. include, comprise, incorporate, embrace, embody, comprehend, hold; restrain, check. See inclusion, restraint. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To include] Syn. hold, accommodate, comprehend, embrace, be… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 contain — 01. This box [contains] over 2 kilograms of the finest chocolates. 02. We need a larger [container] to keep our rice in. 03. Kirsten lost her knapsack [containing] her passport and all her money. 04. Gasoline which [contains] lead is no longer… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 14 contain — con|tain W1S2 [kənˈteın] v [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(container/place)¦ 2¦(writing/speech)¦ 3¦(substance)¦ 4¦(control feelings)¦ 5¦(stop something)¦ 6¦(maths)¦ ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: contenir, from Latin continere …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 contain — con|tain [ kən teın ] verb transitive *** 1. ) a container, envelope, room, etc. that contains something has something inside it: The envelope contained a few dried rose petals. There were four or five boxes containing toys and books. a ) an area …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 contain — [13] Contain comes ultimately from Latin tenēre ‘hold’, source of a wide range of English words from abstain to tenor. In the case of contain the immediate ancestor, via Old French contenir, is Latin continēre ‘hold together, enclose, contain’, a …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 17 contain — late 13c., from O.Fr. contein , stem of contenir, from L. continere (transitive) to hold together, enclose, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + tenere to hold (see TENET (Cf. tenet)). Related: Containable …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 18 contain — [[t]kənte͟ɪn[/t]] ♦♦ contains, containing, contained 1) VERB: no cont If something such as a box, bag, room, or place contains things, those things are inside it. [V n] The bag contained a Christmas card... [V n] Factory shops contain a wide… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 contain — verb (T) 1 to have something inside, or have something as a part: He opened the bag, which contained a razor, soap and a towel. | The letter contained important information about Boulestin s legal affairs. 2 to keep a strong feeling or emotion… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 contain — verb 1) the archive contains much unpublished material Syn: include, comprise, take in, incorporate, involve, encompass, embrace; consist of, be made up of, be composed of 2) the boat contained four people Syn: hold …

    Thesaurus of popular words


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