Definitions of contain

  1. contain or hold; have within; " The jar carries wine"; " The canteen holds fresh water"; " This can contains water"
  2. include or contain; have as a component; " A totally new idea is comprised in this paper"; " The record contains many old songs from the 1930's"
  3. be divisible by; " 24 contains 6"
  4. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; " moderate your alcohol intake"; " hold your tongue"; " hold your temper"; " control your anger"
  5. be capable of holding or containing; " This box won't take all the items"; " The flask holds one gallon"
  6. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of; " Arrest the downward trend"; " Check the growth of communism in Sout East Asia"; " Contain the rebel movement"; " Turn back the tide of communism"
  7. To restrain.
  8. To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold.
  9. To have capacity for; to be able to hold; to hold; to be equivalent to; as, a bushel contains four pecks.
  10. To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.
  11. To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.
  12. To hold; keep within bounds; inclose; to be equivalent to; to hold back: used reflexively; as, she could scarcely contain herself; to be exactly divisible by.
  13. Container.
  14. To hold together: to comprise, to include: to restrain.
  15. To comprise; include; hold; restrain.
  16. To have room for; hold; enclose.
  17. To be able to hold, as a vessel; to comprehend, comprise, or include; to hold or restrain.
  18. To be able to hold; to have capacity; to comprehend; to hold within limits; to include; to embrace; to inclose.

Usage examples for contain

  1. Does this sentence contain the secret history of the failure of Commandant Eloff? – The Siege of Mafeking (1900) by J. Angus Hamilton
  2. English newspapers frequently contain advertisements offering them for sale. – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  3. Does any one claim, or imagine, that school- books contain much nourishment for the heart and soul, or the moral feelings, or love of beauty? – Heart and Soul by Victor Mapes (AKA Maveric Post)
  4. I was delighted to hear that it will contain a portrait, for that will be just what I wish for. – Miss Ellis's Mission by Mary P. Wells Smith
  5. Both men had the same thought- a new will, witnessed by two people, one of whom was dead, and the other a fugitive from justice; what did this will contain? – The Man Who Knew by Edgar Wallace
  6. Both his names contain seven letters. – The Siege of the Seven Suitors by Meredith Nicholson
  7. She cannot contain herself." – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  8. I can contain no longer. – The Comedies of Terence by Publius Terentius Afer
  9. Unable to contain her admiration, she spoke her thought. – A Book Without A Title by George Jean Nathan
  10. This lodge was large enough to contain fifty persons. – Pioneers in Canada by Sir Harry Johnston
  11. Yet what does it contain? – Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Vol III. by John Symonds
  12. He could contain himself no longer. – The Italians by Frances Elliot
  13. Those papers contain your whole history- do you understand?" – The Midnight Queen by May Agnes Fleming
  14. There he goes- can't contain himself any longer! – The Great Hunger by Johan Bojer
  15. As for me, I could not contain myself. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., Volume 13 And His Court and of The Regency by Duc de Saint-Simon
  16. Prasville had to make an effort to contain himself and to answer in a tone that was civil, or nearly so: I admit everything. – The Crystal Stopper by Maurice LeBlanc
  17. Should a receipt also contain any other statement or contract beside the payment of money, this would have the same effect as any other contract between the parties, and would be equally binding on them. – Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman by Albert Sidney Bolles
  18. It seems to me now to contain the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, about that particular book, and to allow for whatever I may have done in verse since then. – Figures of Several Centuries by Arthur Symons
  19. She would have much preferred to return to Loring, to have put miles between herself and Bullhampton, before she wrote a letter which must contain words of happy joy. – The Vicar of Bullhampton by Anthony Trollope
  20. As Maillot dropped into his chair, Stodger could no longer contain himself. – The Paternoster Ruby by Charles Edmonds Walk