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Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths.
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Meaning of "contain" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD CONTAIN

From Old French contenir, from Latin continēre, from com- together + tenēre to hold.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF CONTAIN

contain  [kənˈteɪn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF CONTAIN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Contain is a verb.
The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb contain in English.

WHAT DOES CONTAIN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of contain in the English dictionary

The first definition of contain in the dictionary is to hold or be capable of holding or including within a fixed limit or area. Other definition of contain is to keep within bounds; restrain. Contain is also to consist of; comprise.


CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO CONTAIN

PRESENT

Present
I contain
you contain
he/she/it contains
we contain
you contain
they contain
Present continuous
I am containing
you are containing
he/she/it is containing
we are containing
you are containing
they are containing
Present perfect
I have contained
you have contained
he/she/it has contained
we have contained
you have contained
they have contained
Present perfect continuous
I have been containing
you have been containing
he/she/it has been containing
we have been containing
you have been containing
they have been containing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I contained
you contained
he/she/it contained
we contained
you contained
they contained
Past continuous
I was containing
you were containing
he/she/it was containing
we were containing
you were containing
they were containing
Past perfect
I had contained
you had contained
he/she/it had contained
we had contained
you had contained
they had contained
Past perfect continuous
I had been containing
you had been containing
he/she/it had been containing
we had been containing
you had been containing
they had been containing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will contain
you will contain
he/she/it will contain
we will contain
you will contain
they will contain
Future continuous
I will be containing
you will be containing
he/she/it will be containing
we will be containing
you will be containing
they will be containing
Future perfect
I will have contained
you will have contained
he/she/it will have contained
we will have contained
you will have contained
they will have contained
Future perfect continuous
I will have been containing
you will have been containing
he/she/it will have been containing
we will have been containing
you will have been containing
they will have been containing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would contain
you would contain
he/she/it would contain
we would contain
you would contain
they would contain
Conditional continuous
I would be containing
you would be containing
he/she/it would be containing
we would be containing
you would be containing
they would be containing
Conditional perfect
I would have contain
you would have contain
he/she/it would have contain
we would have contain
you would have contain
they would have contain
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been containing
you would have been containing
he/she/it would have been containing
we would have been containing
you would have been containing
they would have been containing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you contain
we let´s contain
you contain
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to contain
Past participle
contained
Present Participle
containing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH CONTAIN


appertain
ˌæpəˈteɪn
Aquitaine
ˌækwɪˈteɪn
ascertain
ˌæsəˈteɪn
attain
əˈteɪn
detain
dɪˈteɪn
distain
dɪsˈteɪn
entertain
ˌɛntəˈteɪn
Fonteyn
fɒnˈteɪn
huitain
wiːˈteɪn
intermontane
ˌɪntəmɒnˈteɪn
maintain
meɪnˈteɪn
obtain
əbˈteɪn
pertain
pəˈteɪn
preobtain
ˌpriːəbˈteɪn
reattain
ˌriːəˈteɪn
reobtain
ˌriːəbˈteɪn
retain
rɪˈteɪn
state-maintained
ˌsteɪtˈmeɪnˈteɪn
transmontane
ˌtrænzmɒnˈteɪn
ultramontane
ˌʌltrəmɒnˈteɪn

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE CONTAIN

contagiousness
contagium
containable
contained
container
container dock
container garden
container gardening
container line
container port
container ship
container terminal
container transport
containerboard
containerisation
containerise
containerization
containerize
containerless
containment

WORDS THAT END LIKE CONTAIN

Black Mountain
Britain
cat-o´-mountain
drinking fountain
fountain
intermountain
man-mountain
mountain
plantain
quintain
snow-on-the-mountain
Snowy Mountain
soda fountain
Sugar Loaf Mountain
Table Mountain
the Black Mountain
the Mountain
transmountain
water fountain
water plantain
Welsh Mountain

Synonyms and antonyms of contain in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «CONTAIN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «contain» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of contain

Translation of «contain» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF CONTAIN

Find out the translation of contain to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of contain from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «contain» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

包含
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

contener
570 millions of speakers

English

contain
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

होते हैं
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

يَحْتَوَى عَلَى
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

содержать
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

conter
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ধারণ করা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

contenir
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Mengandungi
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

enthalten
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

含む
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

담고 있다
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ngemot
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

chứa đựng
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கொண்டிருக்கும்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

समाविष्ट
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

içermek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

contenere
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

zawrzeć
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

містити
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

a conține
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

περιέχω
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

bevat
14 millions of speakers
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Translator English - Swedish

innehålla
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

inneholde
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of contain

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTAIN»

The term «contain» is very widely used and occupies the 3.984 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «CONTAIN» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «contain» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «contain» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about contain

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «CONTAIN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word contain.
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Christopher Alexander
The buildings that I build very often have a dreamlike reality. I don't mean by that they have a fantasy quality at all, in fact quite the reverse. They contain in some degree the ingredients that give dreams their power... stuff that's very close to us.
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Samuel Alexander
We cannot therefore say that mental acts contain a cognitive as well as a conative element.
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Muhammad Ali
Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams - they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do - they all contain truths.
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Lionel Barber
By using our international network, utilising templates and thinking ahead with pre-planned pages that contain carefully selected relevant news, we can deliver stories that other people just don't have. And that will release resources for the web.
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Dan Brown
Art historians agree that Da Vinci's paintings contain hidden levels of meaning that go well beneath the surface of the paint. Many scholars believe his work intentionally provides clues to a powerful secret... a secret that remains protected to this day by a clandestine brotherhood of which Da Vinci was a member.
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Scott Brown
The surest way to return to the people's business is to listen to the people themselves: We need to drop this whole scheme of federally controlled health care, start over, and work together on real reforms at the state level that will contain costs and won't leave America trillions of dollars deeper in debt.
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Elias Canetti
When you write down your life, every page should contain something no one has ever heard about.
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Rachel Cusk
A creative writing workshop will contain students whose ambitions and abilities, whose conceptions of literature itself, are so diverse that what they have in common - the desire to write - could almost be considered meaningless.
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Georges Cuvier
The lowest and most level land areas show us, especially when we dig there to very great depths, nothing but horizontal layers of material more or less varied, which almost all contain innumerable products of the sea.
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David Deutsch
The overwhelming majority of theories are rejected because they contain bad explanations, not because they fail experimental tests.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «CONTAIN»

Discover the use of contain in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to contain and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Contain the Flame: Outdoor Fire Safety
Pick an open spot. Fill a bucket with water, and stay outside the fire ring. It's time to learn the rules of outdoor fire safety!
Amanda Doering Tourville, 2008
2
Contain Yourself: 101 Fresh Ideas for Fantastic Container ...
Covering an array of the most beautiful ornamental grasses, perennials, and annuals ever put in window boxes, baskets, pots, and urns, this full-colour guide provides basic container gardening designs as well as detailed information and ...
Kerstin P. Ouellet, 2003
3
May Contain Graphic Material: Comic Books, Graphic Novels, ...
Provides a historical survey of films based on graphic novels and comic books, focusing on 15 innovative films and film franchises that have been crucial to the development of this wildly popular film genre.
M. Keith Booker, 2007
4
May Contain Nuts
Because Alice has decided to take the test in her place... With his trademark comic eye for detail, John O'Farrell has produced a funny and provocative book that will make you laugh, cry and vow never to become that sort of parent.
John O'Farrell, 2010
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I Am Large, I Contain Multitudes: Lyric Cohesion and ...
Drawing on the insights of lyric poetic theory, this book offers a fresh reading of Second Isaiah. This approach advances an argument that the tensive and conflicted divine voice is primary unifying factor in the sequence of poems.
Katie Heffelfinger, 2011
6
The World of Norm 1: May Contain Nuts: May Contain Nuts
Why on earth did Norm's family have to move, anyway?
Jonathan Meres, 2011
7
Failing to Contain Religion: The Emergence of a Protestant ...
The dissertation examines the rapid growth of Chinese Protestant numbers from fewer than a million members in 1949 to more than 40 million Chinese today.
Carsten Timothy Vala, 2008
8
May Contain Traces of Magic
There are all kinds of products.
Tom Holt, 2009
9
9 Ways to Contain Wealth
This little book shows you 9 key ways to contain and direct your wealth energy. It will change the way you look at money making and help you to keep the money in your life.
Kiki Theo, 2012
10
Foreign Aid: Control, Corrupt, Contain?
This book provides the background information on important aspects of foreign aid.
Andrew A. Bealinger, 2006

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «CONTAIN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term contain is used in the context of the following news items.
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ECB ready to contain market effects of Greece crisis- ECB's Visco
ROME, July 8 The European Central Bank is ready to take all measures available to contain undesired financial effects of the Greek debt crisis ... «Reuters, Jul 15»
2
Opals on Mars Could Contain Evidence of Ancient Life on Red Planet
The discovery of trace amounts of opal gemstones on the surface of Mars could be a lead to evidence of life on the Red Planet, researchers at ... «NBCNews.com, Jul 15»
3
Kellogg's new breakfast foods contain some old ingredients
Kellogg Co. unveiled a new line of breakfast foods Tuesday that aim to keep it simple with traditional and healthy ingredients, though you may ... «MarketWatch, Jul 15»
4
Contra Costa County fire crews contain 2-alarm grass fire burning in …
This screenshot is from a video tweeted by Contra Costa Co. Fire of a two-alarm, 35-acre vegetation fire that burned near Evora Rd. in Bay ... «abc7news.com, Jul 15»
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Roads open after crews contain vegetation fire
Crews from CAL FIRE, Shasta County Fire and the Redding Fire Department were on scene helping contain the fire. The fire was reported ... «KRCRTV.COM, Jul 15»
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Fire crews contain East Bay fire
DANVILLE (KRON) — Crews from Cal Fire and San Ramon Valley Fire Department contained a brush fire that burned 60 acres in Danville. «KRON4.com, Jul 15»
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All sanitary pads in Indonesia contain chlorine: YLKI
Indonesian Consumers Foundation (YLKI) announced on Tuesday that the majority of sanitary pads in Indonesia contain chlorine. «Jakarta Post, Jul 15»
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Crews work to contain Cape Horn fire today
... around it, but crews will ensure the lines hold before announcing any containment. Today, crews will continue to working to contain the fire. «Bonner County Daily Bee, Jul 15»
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Horseshoe Fire in Mount Adams Wilderness a Challenge to Contain
A fire burning since July 3 in the Mount Adams Wilderness area on the southwest slopes of Mount Adams has burned about 235 acres and is ... «The Chronicle, Jul 15»
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It's Not the Economy, Stupid: US Needs TPP to Contain China
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is not just an ordinary trade deal: it is meant to undermine China's positions in the Asia Pacific and ... «Sputnik International, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Contain [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/contain>. Dec 2019 ».
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