contain

  • 1 contain — contain, hold, accommodate denote to have or be capable of having within. To contain is to have within or to have as an element, fraction, or part; to hold is to have the capacity to contain or to retain; thus, a bookcase that holds (is capable… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 contain — [v1] include, hold accommodate, be composed of, comprehend, comprise, consist of, embody, embrace, enclose, encompass, have, have capacity for, hold, incorporate, involve, seat, subsume, take in; concepts 112,736,742 Ant. exclude contain [v2]… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 contain — [kən tān′] vt. [ME conteinen < OFr contenir < L continere, to hold < com , together + tenere, to hold: see THIN] 1. to have in it; hold, enclose, or include [the can contains tea, the list contains 50 items] 2. to have the capacity for… …

    English World 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 — 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

  • 9 contain — ► VERB 1) have or hold within. 2) control or restrain. 3) prevent (a problem) from becoming worse. DERIVATIVES containable adjective. ORIGIN Latin continere, from tenere to hold …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 contain */*/*/ — UK [kənˈteɪn] / US verb [transitive] Word forms contain : present tense I/you/we/they contain he/she/it contains present participle containing past tense contained past participle contained 1) a) a container, envelope, room etc that contains… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 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

  • 14 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

  • 15 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

  • 16 contain — con•tain [[t]kənˈteɪn[/t]] v. t. 1) to hold or include within its volume or area: This glass contains water[/ex] 2) to have as contents or constituent parts; comprise; include 3) to be capable of holding; have capacity for 4) to keep under proper …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 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

  • 18 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

  • 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 — [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 …

    Word origins


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