From con- (“together”) + teneō (“I hold”).
contineō (present infinitive continēre, perfect active continuī, supine contentum); second conjugation
- I hold or keep together/close, surround, contain; connect.
- (of places) I enclose, bound, limit; comprise.
- I fasten, I hold in position, I post
, de Bello Gallico
- Hoc se colle interruptis pontibus Galli fiducia loci continebant
- Having destroyed the bridges, the Gauls, in confidence of the position, posted themselves on this hill
- I detain, restrain, repress, enclose.
- I check, curb, stop, tame, subdue.
- I comprise, involve, contain.
- contineo in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- contineo in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- contineo in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book, London: Macmillan and Co.
- the vegetable kingdom: ea, quae a terra stirpibus continentur
- the vegetable kingdom: ea quorum stirpes terra continentur (N. D. 2. 10. 26)
- to be shut in on all sides by very high mountains: altissimis montibus undique contineri
- Gaul is bounded by the Rhone.[TR1: Gallia Rhodano continetur (vid. sect. V. 4., note contineri aliqua re...)
- four successive days: quattuor dies continui
- to hold one's breath: animam continere
- to be scarcely able to restrain one's laughter: risum aegre continere posse
- to be hardly able to restrain one's tears: vix me contineo quin lacrimem
- to depend upon a thing: contineri aliqua re
- it is a matter of conjecture, supposition: aliquid coniectura nititur, continetur (Div. 1. 14. 24)
- to be brought up under strict discipline: severa disciplina contineri
- theoretical, speculative philosophy: philosophia, quae in rerum contemplatione versatur, or quae artis praeceptis continetur
- the book contains something... (not continet aliquid): libro continetur aliquid
- to restrain, master one's passion: iracundiam continere, cohibere, reprimere
- to have self-control; to restrain oneself, master one's inclinations: sibi imperare or continere et coercere se ipsum
- to overcome one's passions: coercere, cohibere, continere, domitas habere cupiditates
- to hold the people in one's power, in check: plebem continere
- to keep good discipline amongst one's men: milites coercere et in officio continere (B. C. 1. 67. 4)
- to keep the troops in camp: copias castris continere
- to keep some one in subjection: aliquem in officio continere
- (ambiguous) to be contented: rebus suis, sorte sua contentum esse
- (ambiguous) to be satisfied with a little: paucis, parvo contentum esse
- (ambiguous) to be content with 12 per cent at compound interest: centesimis cum anatocismo contentum esse (Att. 5. 21. 12)