Meaning of CONTENT in English


I. kən-ˈtent adjective

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin contentus, from past participle of continēre to hold in, contain — more at contain

Date: 15th century

: contented , satisfied

was content with her life as it was

II. transitive verb

Date: 15th century

1. : to appease the desires of

2. : to limit (oneself) in requirements, desires, or actions

III. noun

Date: 1579

: contentment

ate to his heart's content

IV. ˈkän-ˌtent noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin contentus, past participle of continēre to contain

Date: 15th century


a. : something contained — usually used in plural

the jar's content s

the drawer's content s

b. : the topics or matter treated in a written work

table of content s

c. : the principal substance (as written matter, illustrations, or music) offered by a World Wide Web site

Internet users have evolved an ethos of free content in the Internet — Ben Gerson


a. : substance , gist

b. : meaning , significance

c. : the events, physical detail, and information in a work of art — compare form 10b


a. : the matter dealt with in a field of study

b. : a part, element, or complex of parts

4. : the amount of specified material contained : proportion

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.