Dictionary

1content

adjective con·tent \kən-ˈtent\

: pleased and satisfied : not needing more

Full Definition of CONTENT

:  contented, satisfied <was content with her life as it was>

Examples of CONTENT

  1. The baby looks content in her crib.
  2. A fancy hotel is not necessary; I'd be content with a warm meal and a clean place to sleep.
  3. No, I don't want to play. I'm content to watch.
  4. Not content to stay at home, she set off to see the world at the age of 16.
  5. Polls show that voters are growing less and less content with the current administration.

Origin of CONTENT

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin contentus, from past participle of continēre to hold in, contain — more at contain
First Known Use: 15th century

2content

verb

: to make (someone) pleased and satisfied : to make (someone) content

Full Definition of CONTENT

transitive verb
1
:  to appease the desires of
2
:  to limit (oneself) in requirements, desires, or actions

Examples of CONTENT

  1. The toys contented the children, at least for a little while.
  2. <a person easily contented by life's simple pleasures>

First Known Use of CONTENT

15th century

3content

noun

Definition of CONTENT

:  contentment <ate to his heart's content>

First Known Use of CONTENT

1579

4content

noun con·tent \ˈkän-ˌtent\

Definition of CONTENT

1
a :  something contained —usually used in plural <the jar's contents> <the drawer's contents>
b :  the topics or matter treated in a written work <table of contents>
c :  the principal substance (as written matter, illustrations, or music) offered by a World Wide Web site <Internet users have evolved an ethos of free content in the Internet — Ben Gerson>
2
a :  substance, gist
b :  meaning, significance
c :  the events, physical detail, and information in a work of art — compare form 10b
3
a :  the matter dealt with in a field of study
b :  a part, element, or complex of parts
4
:  the amount of specified material contained :  proportion

Origin of CONTENT

Middle English, from Latin contentus, past participle of continēre to contain
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Literature Terms

apophasis, bathos, bildungsroman, bowdlerize, caesura, coda, doggerel, euphemism, poesy, prosody
CONTENT Defined for Kids

1content

noun con·tent \ˈkän-ˌtent\

Definition of CONTENT for Kids

1
:  the things that are within —usually used in pl. <the contents of a room>
2
:  the subject or topic treated (as in a book) —usually used in pl. <a table of contents>
3
:  the important part or meaning (as of a book) <Do you understand the content of the paragraph?>
4
:  a certain amount <The soup has a high content of salt.>

2content

adjective con·tent \kən-ˈtent\

Definition of CONTENT for Kids

:  pleased and satisfied

3content

verb
con·tent·edcon·tent·ing

Definition of CONTENT for Kids

:  to make pleased :  satisfy <He contented himself with a seat beside the fire.>

4content

noun

Definition of CONTENT for Kids

:  freedom from care or discomfort <She fell asleep in complete content.>
Medical Dictionary

content

noun con·tent \ˈkän-ˌtent\

Medical Definition of CONTENT

1
:  something contained—usually used in plural <the stomach contents>
2
:  the subject matter or symbolic significance of something—see latent content, manifest content
3
:  the amount of specified material contained <the sulfur content of a sample>
July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
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