Meaning of CONTENT in English

I. kənˈtent adjective

Etymology: Middle English contente, content, from Middle French content, from Latin contentus, from past participle of continēre to contain, hold together, restrain — more at contain


a. : having the desires limited to whatever one has : not disposed to complain or grumble : satisfied , contented

content with any food that God doth send — Edmund Spenser

b. : inclined by wish, ambition, or design to no greater state or further act or advance than that specified

presidents who have been content to leave the active leadership … to … Congress — A.N.Holcombe

content to wait his turn


a. : gratified, pleased — archaic except in the phrase well content

b. archaic : willing , consenting

3. : assenting , agreeing — used specifically in the British House of Lords as an affirmative response in voting

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English contenten, from Middle French contenter, from content, adjective

1. : to make content : appease the desires of : satisfy

my own garden must content me this year — A.T.Quiller-Couch

2. : to limit (oneself) in requirements for satisfaction or in immediate desires or actions — used with with

he contented himself with threats

3. obsolete

a. : to satisfy the expectations or claims of : pay

b. : gratify , please

his painted skin contents the eye — Shakespeare

Synonyms: see satisfy

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: content (I)

1. : the state of being content : satisfaction , contentment ; especially : freedom from dissatisfaction, anxiety, or agitation

cuddles down … with a grunt of sleepy content — Stephen Crane

ate to his heart's content

— formerly also used in plural

2. obsolete : acquiescence without examination

the sense they humbly take upon content — Alexander Pope

3. obsolete : something that contents : a means of contentment


a. : an expression of assent to a bill or motion in the British House of Lords

b. : a member of the House of Lords who votes assent

IV. ˈkänˌtent sometimes kənˈt- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from content, adjective, contained, from Latin contentus, past participle of continēre to contain — more at contain

1. usually plural

a. : something that is contained : the thing, things, or substance in a receptacle or an enclosed space

he emptied his pocket of its contents

the contents of the room

b. : the topics, ideas, facts, or statements in a book, document, or letter

a table of contents

summarize the contents of a will


a. : the matter especially of a book or discourse : subject matter , substance

when a man has nothing to say … sonority without content is the smartest effect he can achieve — G.W.Johnson

b. : essential meaning or significance

if Zionism is to have content and vitality, it must impose obligation — Rose L. Halprin

trying to translate these words “human values” … into … technical terminology and to put some content into them — F.S.C.Northrop

c. : the sum of events, physical detail, and information embodied in a work of art especially as it gives rise to ideas and emotions — often contrasted with form

3. archaic

a. : capacity , size

the content of a cask

b. : quantity of space, area, or length contained in certain limits : volume

the solid content of a tree


a. : the matter dealt with in a field of study : the subject matter of a discipline or an educational course

the content of a national culture

the content of sociology is inexhaustible — F.H.Giddings

b. : something that constitutes a part or element or a series of parts considered abstractly or without precise determination

content of consciousness

5. : the amount of specified material contained, present, or yielded : proportion

the sulfur content of a sample of coal

to reduce the soda content and increase the silica in glass

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