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Dictionary definition for: Contain

1. (v) 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"

2. (v) contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine" "The canteen holds fresh water" "This can contains water"

3. (v) 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"

4. (v) be divisible by; "24 contains 6"

5. (v) be capable of holding or containing; "This box won''t take all the items" "The flask holds one gallon"

6. (v) 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"

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