- satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.
- British. agreeing; assenting.
- Archaic. willing.
- 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 content2
Examples from the Web for contenting
Contenting himself with this preface, Roderick began to read.The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
However, he gave no sign, contenting himself with a cordial reply.The Night Riders
But Charles was far from contenting himself with foreseeing them.History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)
John Richard Green
He hesitated as between chiding and contenting her—then he handsomely chose.The Outcry
It was 'not to my contenting,' as afterwards said Ralegh, who wrote again.Sir Walter Ralegh
- (often plural) everything that is inside a containerthe contents of a box
- (usually plural)
- the chapters or divisions of a book
- 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
- mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are
- assenting to or willing to accept circumstances, a proposed course of action, etc
- (tr) to make (oneself or another person) content or satisfiedto content oneself with property
- peace of mind; mental or emotional satisfaction
- British (in the House of Lords) a formal expression of assent, as opposed to the expression not content
Word Origin and History for contenting
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 Related: Contently (largely superseded by contentedly).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).
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with contenting
see to one's heart's content.