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Contene, Conteyn(e, v.2 Also: contine. [ME. contene (c 1300), contyne, app. by confusion between contenew and Contene,v.1]

1. tr. To continue, maintain, keep up. 1375 Barb. viii. 68.
Thar fayis met thaim sa sturdely, And contenyt the fycht sa hardily, That [etc.]
c1420 Wynt. ii. 2.
Now have yhe herde on quhatkyn wyis I have contenyt this tretys … Tyll this tyme
Ib. viii. 5321.
It has bene seldyn sene That … justyng thus has bene Contenyt thre dayis
c1475 Wall. viii. 1687.
The harrold … Contende the tyme with worschip and plesance
c1420 Wynt. i. 15 (W).
The thrid buke sall contenit be Till of Rome wer maid the cite
1585 Inverness B. Rec. I. 303.
Be the quhilk lettir of bailyerie the said Huchoun Fraysser is contenit baillie for the space of thre yeiris

2. intr. To continue, remain, last. c1475 Wall. i. 158.
Thus he conteynde in till hys tendyr age
Ib. v. 834.
Hardy and hat contenyt the fell melle
Ib. x. 858; etc.
The derff schot … Contende tharwith the space ner off ane hour
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 225/21.
Thair was cryit ane gret indulgence gevin to Glasgw, … contenand iiij monethis
c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxxv. 41.
Haile, clene, bedene, ay till conteyne
15.. Clar. v. 2061.
So monie ane valiant … knight Into ane feild, [and] dought so long contine

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