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Pronunciation: /kənˈtɛnt
 
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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
happy, cheerful, cheery, glad, delighted;
tranquil, unworried, untroubled, at ease, at peace, comfortable, serene, placid, complacent
1.1Willing to accept something; satisfied: he had to be content with third place [with infinitive]: 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 apart from going off to Barcelona
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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
soothe, pacify, placate, appease, please, mollify, make happy, satisfy, still, quieten, silence
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.
Synonyms
be content, be satisfied, satisfy oneself;
be fulfilled, be gratified, be pleased, be happy, be glad

noun

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1 [mass noun] A 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.
Example sentences
  • The chairman of the committee said he was disappointed at the prospect of the contents of the house leaving the country.

Origin

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

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  • There are two words spelt content in English; one with the stress on the second syllable meaning ‘happy’ which comes from Latin contentus ‘satisfied’, the other with the stress on the first syllable meaning ‘things included’ from Latin contenta ‘things contained’. Both Latin words go back to continere ‘hold, contain’ which also gives us contain (Middle English).

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒntɛnt
 
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noun

(also contents)
1The things that are held or included in something: she unscrewed the top of the flask and drank 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.
Synonyms
things inside, content, load
informal guts, innards
1.1 [in singular, with modifier] The amount of a particular constituent occurring in a substance: soya milk has 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, bulk, total, quota
rare quantum
1.2 (contents) A list of the chapters or sections given at the front of a book or periodical: [as modifier]: 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.
Synonyms
subject matter, subjects, themes, matter, substance, material, text;
index;
1.3 [mass noun] The material dealt with in a speech, literary work, etc. as distinct from its form or style: the tone, if not the content, of his book is familiar
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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
1.4Information made available by a website or other electronic medium: [as modifier]: 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.

Origin

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

More
  • There are two words spelt content in English; one with the stress on the second syllable meaning ‘happy’ which comes from Latin contentus ‘satisfied’, the other with the stress on the first syllable meaning ‘things included’ from Latin contenta ‘things contained’. Both Latin words go back to continere ‘hold, contain’ which also gives us contain (Middle English).

Derivatives

contentless

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adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

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