contain implies the actual presence of a specified substance or quantity within something.
the can contains a quart of oil
hold implies the capacity of containing or the usual or permanent function of containing or keeping.
the bookcase will hold all my textbooks
accommodate stresses holding without crowding or inconvenience.
the hall can accommodate 500 people
Examples of contain in a Sentence
The room was barely big enough to contain everyone who came to the meeting.
The book contains over 200 recipes.
The article contains information on how to plan your retirement.
foods that contain a high level of fat
The movie contains something for both children and adults.
State health officials have succeeded in containing the virus. See More
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Middle English conteynen, borrowed from Anglo-French cunteign-, cunteyn-, present tense stem of contenir, cuntenir, going back (with conjugation change) to Latin continēre "to hold together, restrain, have as contents," from con-con- + tenēre "to hold, occupy, possess" — more at tenant entry 1