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Definition of the verb contain

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Contain is one of the top 1000 most common verbs. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in informational written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: contained | containing | contains

  1. include or contain; have as a component
    • example: The record contains many old songs from the 1930's
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of contain: comprise / incorporate
    • more generic word: include = have as a part, be made up out of
  2. contain or hold; have within
  3. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
  4. be divisible by
    • example: 24 contains 6
    • domain: arithmetic
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  5. be capable of holding or containing
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Value] in [Location]We sleep five people in each room
      [Location] [Verb] [Value]Each room sleeps five people

      Measure Verbs (with the same syntax): carry, feed, fit, hibernate, hold, house, seat, serve, sleep, store, take, use.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of contain: hold / take
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  6. hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of

Alternative definition of the verb contain

verb

  1. [transitive]: To hold inside.
  2. [transitive]: To include as a part.
  3. [transitive]: To limit through restraint.
  4. [mathematics, of a set etc., transitive] To have as an element.

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Google previewLectures on the Gospel of St. Matthew (1813)

Delivered in the Parish Church of St. James, Westminster, in the Years 1798, 1799, 1800, and 1801 by Beilby Porteus, Hyman Kanter

There are, it is true, a few chapels interspersed in this place ; but what they can contain is a mere trifle, compared to the whole number of inhabitants in those parts, and the lowest classes are almost entirely excluded from them ...

Google previewThe Works (1811)

With His Life. Lectures by Beilby Porteus, Robert Hodgson

There are, it is true, a few chapels interspersed in this place; but what they pan contain is a mere trifle, compared to the whole number of inhabitants in those parts, and the lowest classes are almost entirely excluded from them. The only ...

Google previewTelevision and the Moral Imaginary (2012)

Society through the Small Screen by T. Dant

What the moral imaginary will contain is the range of possible linesof behaviour, anditwill provide ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Food Mycotoxins (2001)

by Martin Weidenbörner

Maize syrup will contain only low T-2 toxin levels because of the acidic processing conditions. Table wine — wine Tachycardia Excessive increase in heart rate. Taco — Tortilla Tandoori may contain the following – mycotoxins: — aflatoxins ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Mind Enhancing Foods, Drugs and Nutritional Substances, 2d ed. (2015)

by David W. Group

However, natural foods are preferable to supplements, as they may contain other nutrients which work synergistically ...

Google previewA Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients (2010)

Complete Information About the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals by Ruth Winter

Clay face masks usually contain purified siliceous earth, kaolin, glycerin, and water. Face packs usually contain zinc stearate, zinc oxide, tragacanth, alcohol, glycerin, and limewater. Both masks and packs may also contain acacia, Balsam ...

Google previewThe Complete English Dictionary: Or, General Repository of the English Language ... By the Rev. Frederick Barlow ... (1772)

The Work now proposed will contain not only every Article necessary for understanding our Language. but will...

and, to render it still more instructive, will contain a general geogtaphical Description of the four Quarters os the World, and a ...

Google previewDrugs in American Society: An Encyclopedia of History, Politics, Culture, and the Law [3 volumes] (2014)

by Nancy E. Marion, Willard M. Oliver

This has prompted the attorneys general from 40 states to send a letter to the FDA asking to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, even though they do not contain any tobacco. Many local governments are considering banning them in the ...

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Usage statistics about contain

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb contain:

spoken English13.16%written English86.84% imaginative writing22.67%informational writing77.33%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb contain:

moderatecurbcomprisearrestincorporatebearcheckcontrolcontainstopcarryholdtake

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Small photo of VANCOUVER - July 31,2017: Wide on a Spill Response vessel used to help contain marine oil spills seen heading out of Vancouver Harbor near North Vancouver, British Columbia on July 25, 2017. More...

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Quotes about Contain

Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths. (Muhammad Ali)
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Scrabble value of C3O1N1T1A1I1N1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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