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Comprise vs. Contain

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  • Comprise (verb)

    To be made up of; to consist of (especially a comprehensive list of parts). from earlier 15thc.

    "The whole comprises the parts."

    "ux|en|The parts are comprised by the whole.
    However, the passive voice of comprise must be employed carefully to make sense. Phrases such as "animals and cages are comprised by zoos" or "pitchers, catchers, and fielders are comprised by baseball teams" highlight the difficulty."

  • Comprise (verb)

    To contain or embrace. from earlier 15thc.

    "Our committee comprises a president, secretary, treasurer and five other members."

  • Comprise (verb)

    To compose, to constitute. See usage note below.

    "A team is comprised of its members."

    "The members comprise the team."

  • Comprise (verb)

    To include, contain, or be made up of, defining the minimum elements, whether essential or inessential, to define an invention. ("Open-ended", doesn't limit to the items listed; cf. compose, which is "closed" and limits to the items listed.)

  • Contain (verb)

    To hold inside.

  • Contain (verb)

    To include as a part.

  • Contain (verb)

    To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.

    "I'm so excited, I can hardly contain myself!"

  • Contain (verb)

    To have as an element or subset.

    "A group contains a unique inverse for each of its elements."

    "If that subgraph contains the vertex in question then it must be spanning."

  • Contain (verb)

    To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.

Wiktionary
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Oxford Dictionary
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  • Comprise

    To comprehend; to include.

  • Contain

    To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold.

  • Contain

    To have capacity for; to be able to hold; to hold; to be equivalent to; as, a bushel contains four pecks.

  • Contain

    To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.

  • Contain (verb)

    To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Comprise (verb)

    be composed of;

    "The land he conquered comprised several provinces"

    "What does this dish consist of?"

  • Comprise (verb)

    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"

  • Comprise (verb)

    form or compose;

    "This money is my only income"

    "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"

    "These constitute my entire belonging"

    "The children made up the chorus"

    "This sum represents my entire income for a year"

    "These few men comprise his entire army"

  • Contain (verb)

    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"

  • Contain (verb)

    contain or hold; have within;

    "The jar carries wine"

    "The canteen holds fresh water"

    "This can contains water"

  • Contain (verb)

    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"

  • Contain (verb)

    be divisible by;

    "24 contains 6"

  • Contain (verb)

    be capable of holding or containing;

    "This box won't take all the items"

    "The flask holds one gallon"

  • Contain (verb)

    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"

Princeton's WordNet

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