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One entry found for contain.
Main Entry: con·tain
Pronunciation: kschwan-primarystresstamacrn
Function: verb
1 : to keep within limits : RESTRAIN, CHECK <tried to contain my laughter> <the forest fire was finally contained>
2 : to have within
3 : to consist of : INCLUDE
4 : to be divisible by especially without a remainder <20 contains 5>
- con·tain·ment /-primarystresstamacrn-mschwant/ noun
synonyms CONTAIN, HOLD, ACCOMMODATE mean to have or be capable of having within. CONTAIN suggests the actual presence of a particular thing or quantity within something <a bottle containing a liter of liquid>. HOLD suggests the capacity of something or its usual or permanent purpose <that cooler will hold 12 cartons of milk>. ACCOMMODATE stresses holding without crowding or inconvenience <the ballroom can accommodate 500 people easily>.

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