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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 con·tain /kənˈten/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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)

 Con·tain v. t. [imp. & p. p. Contained p. pr. & vb. n. Containing.]
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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" [syn: incorporate, comprise]
      2: contain or hold; have within; "The jar carries wine"; "The
         canteen holds fresh water"; "This can contains water"
         [syn: hold, bear, carry]
      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"
         [syn: control, hold in, hold, 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" [syn: take,
      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 Sout East Asia"; "Contain the rebel
         movement"; "Turn back the tide of communism" [syn: check,
          turn back, arrest, stop, hold back]