What does contain mean?

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  1. (transitive) To hold inside.
  2. (transitive) To include as a part.
  3. (transitive) To put constraint upon; to restrain; to confine; to keep within bounds.
  4. (mathematics) To have as an element or subset.
  5. (obsolete, intransitive) To restrain desire; to live in continence or chastity.
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Their Excellencies would never allow me to return to the prison if I was found to be unable to contain the criminals sent there.
This classic meditation on the forces of darkness and the struggle to contain them makes the heart glad and the nerves tingle.
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