content

1
[kon-tent]

noun


Nearby words

  1. contempt of court,
  2. contemptible,
  3. contemptuous,
  4. contend,
  5. contender,
  6. content analysis,
  7. content farm,
  8. content marketing,
  9. content provider,
  10. content word

Origin of content

1
1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin contentum, noun use of neuter of Latin contentus (past participle of continēre to contain), equivalent to con- con- + ten- hold + -tus past participle suffix

content

2
[kuhn-tent]

adjective

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.

noun

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

2
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin contentus satisfied, special use of past participle of continēre; see content1

Related formscon·tent·a·ble, adjectivecon·tent·ly, adverbcon·tent·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for contents

content

1

noun

(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

content

2

adjective (postpositive)

mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are
assenting to or willing to accept circumstances, a proposed course of action, etc

verb

(tr) to make (oneself or another person) content or satisfiedto content oneself with property

noun

peace of mind; mental or emotional satisfaction

interjection

British (in the House of Lords) a formal expression of assent, as opposed to the expression not content
Derived Formscontently, 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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Word Origin and History for contents
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Medicine definitions for contents

content

[kŏntĕnt′]

n.

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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Idioms and Phrases with contents

content

see to one's heart's content.

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