[ kon-tent ]
/ ˈkɒn tɛnt /
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- something that is contained: the contents of a box.
- the subjects or topics covered in a book or document.
- the chapters or other formal divisions of a book or document: a table of contents.
something that is to be expressed through some medium, as speech, writing, or any of various arts: a poetic form adequate to a poetic content.
significance or profundity; meaning: a clever play that lacks content.
substantive information or creative material viewed in contrast to its actual or potential manner of presentation: publishers, record companies, and other content providers; a flashy website, but without much content.
that which may be perceived in something: the latent versus the manifest content of a dream.
Philosophy, Logic. the sum of the attributes or notions comprised in a given conception; the substance or matter of cognition.
power of containing; holding capacity: The bowl's content is three quarts.
volume, area, or extent; size.
the amount contained.
Linguistics. the system of meanings or semantic values specific to a language (opposed to expression).
- Mathematics. the greatest common divisor of all the coefficients of a given polynomial.Compare primitive polynomial.
- any abstraction of the concept of length, area, or volume.
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Origin of content1
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.
verb (used with object)
to make content: These things content me.
Origin of content2
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM contentcon·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
- 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
Word Origin for content
C15: from Latin contentus contained, from continēre to contain
British Dictionary definitions for content (2 of 2)
/ (kənˈtɛnt) /
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
Derived forms of contentcontently, 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
[ kŏn′tĕnt′ ]
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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Other Idioms and Phrases with content
see to one's heart's content.
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