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Contain, 1) to hold, to inclose: the worth of that (viz the body) “is that which it --s,” Sonn. 74, 13. “--ing fire to harm mine eye,” John IV, 1, 66. “hast made my heart too great for what --s it,” Cor. V, 6, 104 (viz the chest). “if after two days' shine Athens c. thee,” Tim. III, 5, 101. Compl. 189. LLL IV, 3, 353. Merch. II, 7, 11. Merch. II, 7, 11 II, 9, 5. R2 III, 3, 24. H4A V, 4, 89. H5 I, 1, 31. H6A II, 3, 56. H6B III, 2, 410. Hml. IV, 5, 87. Lr. III, 1, 46. Cymb. I, 4, 103.
2) to comprise as a writing, to have for contents: “a sonnet --ing her affection unto Benedick,” Ado V, 4, 90. All's V, 3, 94. John II, 101. R2 IV, 234. H4B IV, 1, 169. IV, 4, 101. H6A IV, 1, 66. H8 IV, 1, 13. Rom. III, 2, 83. Cymb. III, 2, 30.
3) to keep, to retain, to restrain: “what thy memory cannot c.” Sonn. 77, 9. “cannot c. their urine,” Merch. IV, 1, 50. “to c. the ring,” V, 201. -- Reflectively, == to restrain one's self: “we can c. ourselves,” Shr. Ind. 1, 100. Troil. V, 2, 180. Tim. II, 2, 26.
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