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1 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" [syn: incorporate, comprise]
2 contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water" [syn: hold, bear, carry]
3 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" [syn: control, hold in, hold, check, curb, moderate]
4 be divisible by; "24 contains 6"
5 be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon" [syn: take, hold]
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" [syn: check, turn back, arrest, stop, hold back]

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  • kən-tān', /kənˈteɪn/, /k@n"teIn/
  • Rhymes: -eɪn


From contenir.


  1. : To hold inside.
  2. : To include as a part.
  3. : To limit through restraint.




to hold inside

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