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contain (v.)

c. 1300, "restrain (someone), control (oneself), behave (in a certain way)," from Old French contein-, tonic stem of contenir, from Latin continere (transitive) "to hold together, enclose," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + tenere "to hold," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch."

From mid-14c. as "to have (something) as a constituent part;" from late 14c. as "have something inside, enclose." Related: Contained; containing; containable.

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Definitions of contain from WordNet

contain (v.)
include or contain; have as a component;
The record contains many old songs from the 1930's
Synonyms: incorporate / comprise
contain (v.)
contain or hold; have within;
This can contains water
Synonyms: hold / bear / carry
contain (v.)
lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits;
Synonyms: control / hold in / hold / check / curb / moderate
contain (v.)
be divisible by;
24 contains 6
contain (v.)
be capable of holding or containing;
Synonyms: take / hold
contain (v.)
hold back, as of a danger or an enemy; check the expansion or influence of;
Synonyms: check / turn back / arrest / stop / hold back
From wordnet.princeton.edu