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contain

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of contain

  1. 1 to have within the top drawer of the cabinet contains my stamp collection Synonyms of contain bear, boast, hold Words Related to contain accommodate, fit, take; case, encase, enclose (also inclose), encompass; harbor, house, lodge, shelter

  2. 2 to have as part of a whole the contract contains several new clauses Synonyms of contain carry, comprehend, include, embrace, encompass, entail, involve, number, subsume, take inWords Related to contain comprise, consist (of); bracket; have, hold, own, possess; admit, receive; compose, constitute, form, make; assimilate, embody, incorporate, integrateNear Antonyms of contain ban, bar, debar, preclude, prevent, prohibit; deny, refuse, reject; eliminate, except, rule out; lose, mislay, misplaceAntonyms of contain exclude, leave (out), miss out [British], omit

  3. 3 to be made up of the recipe contains several parts Synonyms of contain consist (of), comprise, musterWords Related to contain comprehend, embrace, encompass, entail, include, involve, take in; assimilate, embody, incorporate

  4. 4 to gain emotional or mental control of could hardly contain herself when she heard that she had won the scholarship Synonyms of contain calm, compose, collect, control, re-collect, settleWords Related to contain hold back, restrain; rally, recover; lull, quiet, soothe, still, tranquilize (also tranquillize)

  5. 5 to keep from exceeding a desirable degree or level (as of expression) frantic efforts to contain the spread of the disease Synonyms of contain bridle, check, constrain, control, curb, govern, hold, inhibit, keep, measure, pull in, regulate, rein (in), restrain, rule, tameWords Related to contain bottle (up), choke (back), hold back, mince, muffle, pocket, repress, sink, smother, squelch, stifle, strangle, suppress, swallow; arrest, interrupt, stop; block, hamper, handcuff, hinder, impede, obstruct; gag, muzzle, silenceNear Antonyms of contain liberate, loose, loosen, unleash; air, express, take out, ventAntonyms of contain lose

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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