Contain vs Accompany - What's the difference?

contain | accompany |

As verbs the difference between contain and accompany

is that contain is (lb) to hold inside while accompany is to go with or attend as a companion or associate; to keep company with; to go along with.




(en verb)
  • (lb) To hold inside.
  • *
  • At half-past nine on this Saturday evening, the parlour of the Salutation Inn, High Holborn, contained most of its customary visitors.In former days every tavern of repute kept such a room for its own select circle, a club, or society, of habitués, who met every evening, for a pipe and a cheerful glass.
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  • (lb) To include as a part.
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  • (lb) To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.
  • * (Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • The king's person contains the unruly people from evil occasions.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Fear not, my lord: we can contain ourselves.
  • *
  • Athelstan Arundel walked home all the way, foaming and raging. No omnibus, cab, or conveyance ever built could contain a young man in such a rage. His mother lived at Pembridge Square, which is four good measured miles from Lincoln's Inn.
  • To have as an element.
  • To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.
  • * Bible, vii. 9.
  • But if they can not contain , let them marry.


    * (hold inside) enclose, inhold * (include as part) comprise, embody, incorporate, inhold * (limit by restraint) control, curb, repress, restrain, restrict, stifle


    * (include as part) exclude, omit * (limit by restraint) release, vent




  • To go with or attend as a companion or associate; to keep company with; to go along with.
  • * 1804 :
  • The Persian dames, […] / In sumptuous cars, accompanied his march.
  • * 1581 , (Philip Sidney), An Apology of Poetry, or a Defense of Poesy , Book I:
  • They are never alone that are accompanied with noble thoughts.
  • * 1979 , (Thomas Babington Macaulay), The History of England :
  • He was accompanied by two carts filled with wounded rebels.
  • To supplement with; add to.
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  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=He was thinking; but the glory of the song, the swell from the great organ, the clustered lights, […], the height and vastness of this noble fane, its antiquity and its strength—all these things seemed to have their part as causes of the thrilling emotion that accompanied his thoughts.}}
  • (senseid)(music) To perform an accompanying part or parts in a composition.
  • (music) To perform an accompanying part next to another instrument.
  • (obsolete) To associate in a company; to keep company.
  • * (rfdate) Holland:
  • Men say that they will drive away one another, […] and not accompany together.
  • (obsolete) To cohabit (with).
  • (obsolete) To cohabit with; to coexist with; occur with.
  • (the obsolete cases)

    Usage notes

    (to go with) Persons are said to be accompanied by', and inanimate objects, state or condition is said to be accompanied ' with .
    * (go with) attend, escort, go with :* We accompany those with whom we go as companions. The word imports an equality of station. :* We attend those whom we wait upon or follow. The word conveys an idea of subordination . :* We escort those whom we attend with a view to guard and protect . :*: A gentleman accompanies' a friend to some public place; he '''attends''' or ' escorts a lady.