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contain

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1 to have within

  • the top drawer of the cabinet contains my stamp collection
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2 to have as part of a whole

  • the contract contains several new clauses
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3 to be made up of

  • the recipe contains several parts
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4 to gain emotional or mental control of

  • could hardly contain herself when she heard that she had won the scholarship
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5 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression)

  • frantic efforts to contain the spread of the disease
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Synonym Discussion of contain

contain, hold, accommodate mean to have or be capable of having within. contain implies the actual presence of a specified substance or quantity within something.
    • the can contains a quart of oil
hold implies the capacity of containing or the usual or permanent function of containing or keeping.
    • the bookcase will hold all my textbooks
accommodate stresses holding without crowding or inconvenience.
    • the hall can accommodate 500 people

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