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English Dictionary: contain by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
contain
v
  1. 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"
    Synonym(s): incorporate, contain, comprise
  2. contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
    Synonym(s): hold, bear, carry, contain
  3. 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"
    Synonym(s): control, hold in, hold, contain, check, curb, moderate
  4. be divisible by; "24 contains 6"
  5. be capable of holding or containing; "This box won't take all the items"; "The flask holds one gallon"
    Synonym(s): contain, take, hold
  6. 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 South East Asia"; "Contain the rebel movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism"
    Synonym(s): check, turn back, arrest, stop, contain, hold back
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Contain \Con*tain"\, v. i.
      To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.
  
               But if they can not contain, let them marry. --1 Cor.
                                                                              vii. 9.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Contain \Con*tain"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Contained}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Containing}.] [OE. contenen, conteinen, F. contenir,
      fr. L. continere, -tentum; con- + tenere to hold. See
      {Tenable}, and cf. {Countenance}.]
      1. To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to
            inclose; to hold.
  
                     Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens can not
                     contain thee; how much less this house! --2 Chron.
                                                                              vi. 18.
  
                     When that this body did contain a spirit. --Shak.
  
                     What thy stores contain bring forth.   --Milton.
  
      2. To have capacity for; to be able to hold; to hold; to be
            equivalent to; as, a bushel contains four pecks.
  
      3. To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep
            within bounds. [Obs., exept as used reflexively.]
  
                     The king's person contains the unruly people from
                     evil occasions.                                 --Spenser.
  
                     Fear not, my lord: we can contain ourselves. --Shak.
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