He hesitated as between chiding and contenting her—then he handsomely chose.
contenting himself with this preface, Roderick began to read.
He never struck once, contenting himself with covering up, blocking and ducking and clinching to avoid punishment.
However, he gave no sign, contenting himself with a cordial reply.
She did not even inquire about him, contenting herself with the simple assurance that he was doing his best to find Dorothy.
The pattern-makers, also, were contenting themselves with easier designs.
"Ay--ay, sir--" answered the man, touching his hat, and contenting himself with this brief and customary reply.
He swore by Blank, as we do in books, contenting himself with the 'By——!' '
For once he declined their proffered hospitality, contenting himself with a horn of cider.
It is a delightful little of a most happy and contenting whole.
early 15c., from Middle French contenter, from content (adj.) "satisfied," from Latin contentus "contained, satisfied," past participle of continere (see contain). Sense evolved through "contained," "restrained," to "satisfied," as the contented person's desires are bound by what he or she already has. Related: Contented; contentedly.
c.1400, from Old French content, "satisfied," from Latin contentus "contained, satisfied," past participle of continere (see contain). Related: Contently (largely superseded by contentedly).
"that which is contained," early 15c., from Latin contentum, contenta, noun use of past participle of continere (see contain). Meaning "satisfaction" is from 1570s; heart's content is from 1590s (Shakespeare).
content con·tent (kŏn'těnt')
Something contained, as in a receptacle.
The proportion of a specified substance present in something else, as of protein in a food.
The subject matter or essential meaning of something, especially a dream.