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Meaning of content by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Etymology 1

    From Latin contentus ( “satisfied, content” ), past participle of continere ( “to hold in, contain” ); see contain .


    • ( RP ) IPA: /ˈkɒn.tɛnt/, X-SAMPA: /"kQn.tEnt/
    • ( US ) enPR: kŏn'tĕnt, IPA: /ˈkɑn.tɛnt/, X-SAMPA: /"kAntEnt/


    content ( countable and uncountable; plural: contents )

    1. ( uncountable ) That which is contained .
    2. Subject matter; substance .
    3. The amount of material contained .
    4. ( mathematics ) The n-dimensional space contained by an n-dimensional polytope ( called volume in the case of a polyhedron and area in the case of a polygon ) .
    5. See contents .

    Etymology 2

    From Middle English, from Old French content, from Latin contentus ( “satisfied, content” ), past participle of continere ( “to hold in, contain” ); see contain .


    • enPR: kəntĕnt', IPA: /kənˈtɛnt/, X-SAMPA: /k@n"tEnt/


    content ( comparative more content, superlative most content )

    1. Satisfied; in a state of satisfaction .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 3

    From Old French contente ( “content, contentment” ), from contenter; see content as a verb .


    content ( plural: contents )

    1. Satisfaction; contentment
      They were in a state of sleepy content afterward .
    Derived terms

    Etymology 4

    From Old French contenter, from Medieval Latin contentare ( “to satisfy” ), from Latin contentus ( “satisfied, content” ); see content as an adjective .


    content ( third-person singular simple present contents present participle contenting, simple past and past participle contented )

    1. ( transitive ) To give contentment or satisfaction; to satisfy; to gratify; to appease .
      You can't have any more - you'll have to content yourself with what you already have .

    External links

    • content in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • content in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of content by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. satisfy in a limited way

    2. He contented himself with one glass of beer per day
    3. make content

    4. I am contented
    1. satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are

    2. a contented smile
    1. something ( a person or object or scene ) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation

    2. the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

    3. what a communication that is about something is about

    4. everything that is included in a collection and that is held or included in something

    5. he emptied the contents of his pockets
      the two groups were similar in content
    6. the amount that can be contained

    7. the proportion of a substance that is contained in a mixture or alloy etc .

    8. the state of being contented with your situation in life

    9. he relaxed in sleepy contentedness
      they could read to their heart's content

    Definition of content by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Content ( kŏntĕnt ), a. [F. content, fr. L. contentus, p. p. of contenire to hold together, restrain. See Contain.] Contained within limits; hence, having the desires limited by that which one has; not disposed to repine or grumble; satisfied; contented; at rest.

      Having food and rai
      ment, let us be therewith content. 1 Tim. vi. 8.

    2. Content ( kŏntĕnt or kŏntĕnt; 277 ), n.; usually in pl., Contents.
      1. That which is contained; the thing or things held by a receptacle or included within specified limits; as, “the contents of a cask or bale or of a room; the contents of a book”.

      I shall prove these writings . . . authentic, and the contents true, and worthy of a divine original. Grew.

      2. Power of containing; capacity; extent; size. [Obs.]

      Strong ship's, of great content. Bacon.

      3. ( Geom. ) Area or quantity of space or matter contained within certain limits; as, “solid contents; superficial contents”.

      The geometrical content, figure, and situation of all the lands of a kingdom. Graunt.

      Table of contents, or Contents, a table or list of topics in a book, showing their order and the place where they may be found: a summary.

    3. Content v. t. [F. contenter, LL. contentare, fr. L. contentus, p. p. See Content, a.]
      1. To satisfy the desires of; to make easy in any situation; to appease or quiet; to gratify; to please.

      Do not content yourselves with obscure and confused ideas, where clearer are to be attained. I. Watts.

      Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them. Mark xv. 15.

      2. To satisfy the expectations of; to pay; to requite.

      Come the next Sabbath, and I will content you. Shak.

      Syn. -- To satisfy; appease; please. See Satiate.

    4. Content, n.
      1. Rest or quietness of the mind in one's present condition; freedom from discontent; satisfaction; contentment; moderate happiness.

      Such is the fullness of my heart's content. Shak.

      2. Acquiescence without examination. [Obs.]

      The sense they humbly take upon content. Pope.

      3. That which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy.

      So will I in England work your grace's full content. Shak.

      4. ( Eng. House of Lords ) An expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmative vote; also, a member who votes “Content.”.

      Supposing the number of “Contents” and “Not contents” strictly equal in number and consequence. Burke.