Contain

Definition of Contain

Con`tain´
v. t.1.To hold within fixed limits; to comprise; to include; to inclose; to hold.
[imp. & p. p. Contained ; p. pr. & vb. n. Containing.]
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.
The king's person contains the unruly people from evil occasions.
- Spenser.
Fear not, my lord: we can contain ourselves.
- Shak.
v. i.1.To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.
But if they can not contain, let them marry.
- 1 Cor. vii. 9.

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