contain etymology

English word contain comes from Latin teneo, Latin con-

Detailed word origin of contain

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
teneo Latin (lat) (of laws) I am binding on; bind, hold, obligate. (reflexive) I keep back, remain, stay, hold position. I comprise, contain, include, hold. I hold fast, restrain, detain, check, control; bind, fetter. I hold, have; grasp. I insist, uphold. I know, grasp, understand, conceive. I possess, occupy, control. I reach, attain; gain, acquire, obtain. I recollect, retain knowledge of, remember, bear [...]
con- Latin (lat) Used in compounds to indicate a being or bringing together of several objects. Used in compounds to indicate the completeness, perfecting of any act, and thus gives intensity to the signification of the simple word.
contineo Latin (lat) (of places) I enclose, bound, limit; comprise.. I check, curb, stop, tame, subdue.. I comprise, involve, contain.. I detain, restrain, repress, enclose.. I hold or keep together/close, surround, contain; connect.
contenir Old French (fro) (reflexive, se contenir) to behave (in a given way). (reflexive, se contenir) to control oneself, to keep one's feelings and behavior in check.
contain English (eng) (mathematics, of a set etc., transitive) To have as an element or subset.. (obsolete, intransitive) To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.. (transitive) To hold inside.. (transitive) To include as a part.. (transitive) To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.

Words with the same origin as contain

Descendants of teneo
containment content continent continental continue continuum detain detention entertain entertaining entertainment maintain obtain rain rainbow raincoat rainforest rainy retain sustain tenant tennis tent tenure
Descendants of con-
alright collect college comfortable command commander common competition complete concern condition contact contract convince correct cos cost council count couple cousin cover recognize right