There are 2 definitions of content in English:

content1

Syllabification: con·tent
Pronunciation: /kənˈtent
 
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adjective

  • 1In a state of peaceful happiness: he seemed more content, less bitter
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    • She thought of how content and peaceful she felt being with Yu Min.
    • She looked so peaceful, so content and comfortable… even though she was a so far away from the ground.
    • The woman looked blissfully content, as though she had been granted her most heartfelt desire.
    Synonyms
    contented, satisfied, pleased, gratified, fulfilled, happy, cheerful, glad; unworried, untroubled, at ease, at peace, tranquil, serene
  • 1.1Satisfied with a certain level of achievement, good fortune, etc., and not wishing for more: he had to be content with third place the duke was content to act as Regent
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    • But ten days ago both sides were quite content with the result, both realising that they had come perilously close to losing.
    • We have had the investment for only a month and we are quite content with it.
    • Australia's politicians and their advisers seem very content with our present defence policies and prescriptions.

verb

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  • 1Satisfy (someone): nothing would content her
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    • It's Satan working his evil will through the world, contenting us with mediocrity.
    • I've not been terribly fit to blog of late, contenting myself instead with low-level tasks and early nights.
    • I hadn't taken a book in and so I was contenting myself just daydreaming.
    Synonyms
    satisfy, please; soothe, pacify, placate, appease, mollify
  • 1.1 (content oneself with) Accept as adequate despite wanting more or better: we contented ourselves with a few small purchases
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    • Don't content yourself with an adequate performance from yourself or your students.
    • I contented myself with not doing a very good job on the canteen chairs.
    • In the meantime, content yourself with what you imagined it would've sounded like.

noun

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  • 1A state of satisfaction: the greater part of the century was a time of content
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    • You realise how much when he returns and effortlessly captures the spotlight, turning the crowd from content to jubilant.
    • Some say that chocolate gives consumers delights of euphoric content, I say it does not give me that.
    • They get sucked into the comfort zone and become content with their achievements.
  • 2A member of the British House of Lords who votes for a particular motion.
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    • The chairman of the committee said he was disappointed at the prospect of the contents of the house leaving the country.

Phrases

to one's heart's content

To the full extent of one’s desires: the children could run and play to their heart’s content
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  • She's promised to let me play to my heart's content with her cabinet full of 78s.
  • It is an idea that will cheer the hearts of those who would love to eat to their heart's content.
  • You may use our RSS feeds to your heart's content, provided you do not publish the full text of our articles.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin contentus 'satisfied', past participle of continere (see contain).

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There are 2 definitions of content in English:

content2

Syllabification: con·tent
Pronunciation: /ˈkänˌtent
 
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noun

  • 1 (usually contents) The things that are held or included in something: he unscrewed the top of the flask and drank the contents he picked up the correspondence and scanned the contents
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    • All orders come packaged in the eponymous brown box and wrapped in parcel paper - but their contents include a dazzling array of delights.
    • Firebugs who torched a double garage wrecked the contents, including a car and a freezer packed with food, it was revealed today.
    • Christina had crawled off of her bed and packed a bag to take with her, its contents including enough money to return to Los Angeles.
  • 1.1 [usually in singular] The amount of a particular constituent occurring in a substance: milk with a low-fat content
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    • Besides, the fat content was too low for long-term use.
    • Also, because of its low fat content, they are considered the most digestible and least likely to bring about sickness.
    • Eat meals with a low fat content, and avoid coffee, chocolate, milk, alcohol, nicotine and tomatoes.
    Synonyms
    amount, proportion, quantity
  • 1.2 (contents or table of contents) A list of the titles of chapters or sections contained in a book or periodical: the contents page
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    • Each section begins with its own table of contents and lists chapters and subchapters of that section.
    • There is certainly a detailed list of contents at the front of the book, but this is not an alphabetic index.
    • The search will produce a web page containing the book's table of contents, a sample chapter, and a list of the corporate sponsors.
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  • 1.3Information made available by a website or other electronic medium: online content providers
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    • The title tag includes the title text that you created for each specific web page, the title that provides information about the contents of your web page.
    • The contents of the Web site, however, compensate for its traditional image by being versatile and very user-friendly.
    • Make sure the contents on your website is optimized properly with proper focus on keywords and nice heading, title and description.
  • 2The substance or material dealt with in a speech, literary work, etc., as distinct from its form or style: the outward form and precise content of the messages
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    • That's unfair - the more so because it was Stern's style and content of speech that made him rich in the first place.
    • Angelina's family background informed the style and content of her literary works.
    • Yet despite all that it probably was still the speech of his life - strong on content if short on style.
    Synonyms
    subject matter, subject, theme, argument, thesis, message, thrust, substance, matter, material, text, ideas

Derivatives

contentless

adjective
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  • I simply don't think I'm able to understand the type of person who gets pleasure out of such dreary, repetitive, contentless complaining.
  • The days of rampantly commercial, craftless, contentless, corporate-driven pop, especially as practiced by artless teenage girls, are here.
  • The problem with flash mobs is that they are contentless.

Origin

late Middle English: from medieval Latin contentum (plural contenta 'things contained'), neuter past participle of continere (see contain).

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