1. [ verb ] include or contain; have as a component
Synonyms: comprise incorporate

"A totally new idea is comprised in this paper" "The record contains many old songs from the 1930's"

Related terms: include incorporation
2. [ verb ] contain or hold; have within
Synonyms: hold carry bear

: "The jar carries wine" "The canteen holds fresh water" "This can contains water"

Related terms: include surround house enclose retain capacity cargo_area
3. [ verb ] lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits
Synonyms: hold control check curb hold_in moderate

"moderate your alcohol intake" "hold your tongue" "hold your temper" "control your anger"

Related terms: restrain restrict restrict suppress catch countercheck train bate thermostat deny mortify damp command moderation
4. [ verb ] be capable of holding or containing
Synonyms: hold take

"This box won't take all the items" "The flask holds one gallon"

Related terms: be seat sleep hold accommodate
5. [ verb ] (mathematics) be divisible by

"24 contains 6"

Related terms: be arithmetic
6. [ verb ] hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of
Synonyms: hold_back stop arrest turn_back check

"Arrest the downward trend" "Check the growth of communism in SE Asia" "Contain the rebel movement" "Turn back the tide of communism"

Related terms: defend cut_down containment
Similar spelling:   contained