[ kon-tent ]
/ ˈkɒn tɛnt /
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Origin of content

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English (from Anglo-French ), from Medieval Latin contentum, noun use of neuter of Latin contentus (past participle of continēre “to contain”), equivalent to con- “with, together” + ten- “hold” + -tus past participle suffix; see con-

Other definitions for content (2 of 2)

[ kuhn-tent ]
/ kənˈtɛnt /

satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.
British. agreeing; assenting.
Archaic. willing.
verb (used with object)
to make content: These things content me.
the state or feeling of being contented; satisfaction; contentment: His content was threatened.
(in the British House of Lords) an affirmative vote or voter.

Origin of content

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin contentus “satisfied,” special use of past participle of continēre; see content1

synonym study for content

4. See satisfy.


con·tent·a·ble, adjectivecon·tent·ly, adverbcon·tent·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for content (1 of 2)

/ (ˈkɒntɛnt) /

(often plural) everything that is inside a containerthe contents of a box
(usually plural)
  1. the chapters or divisions of a book
  2. a list, printed at the front of a book, of chapters or divisions together with the number of the first page of each
the meaning or significance of a poem, painting, or other work of art, as distinguished from its style or form
all that is contained or dealt with in a discussion, piece of writing, etc; substance
the capacity or size of a thing
the proportion of a substance contained in an alloy, mixture, etcthe lead content of petrol

Word Origin for content

C15: from Latin contentus contained, from continēre to contain

British Dictionary definitions for content (2 of 2)

Derived forms of content

contently, adverbcontentment, noun

Word Origin for content

C14: from Old French, from Latin contentus contented, that is, having restrained desires, from continēre to restrain
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Medical definitions for content

[ kŏntĕnt′ ]

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.
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see to one's heart's content.

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