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content

noun con·tent \ ˈkän-ˌtent \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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 (such as written matter, illustrations, or music) offered by a website
  • … Internet users have evolved an ethos of free content in the Internet.
  • —Ben Gerson
2 a :substance, gist
c :the events, physical detail, and information in a work of art — compare form 10b
  • The film was rated R for its violent content.
3 a :the matter dealt with in a field of study
  • … the content of sociology is inexhaustible …
  • —Franklin H. Giddings
b :a part, element, or complex of parts
4 :the amount of specified material contained :proportion
  • the sulfur content in coal

Origin and Etymology of content

Middle English, from Latin contentus, past participle of continēre to contain


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content

adjective con·tent \ kən-ˈtent \

Definition of content

:contented, satisfied
  • She was content with her life as it was.

Examples of content in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of content

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin contentus, from past participle of continēre to hold in, contain — more at contain


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content

verb con·tent \ kən-ˈtent \

Definition of content

transitive verb
1 :to appease the desires of
  • … he had been betrayed into a position which neither contented his heart nor satisfied his conscience.
  • —Edward Bulwer-Lytton
2 :to limit (oneself) in requirements, desires, or actions
  • The rainy weather spoiled our plans for the beach, so we had to content ourselves with a relaxing day at home.

Examples of content in a Sentence

  1. The toys contented the children, at least for a little while.

  2. a person easily contented by life's simple pleasures

Origin and Etymology of content


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content

noun con·tent \ kən-ˈtent \

Definition of content

:contentment
  • He ate to his heart's content.

Origin and Etymology of content



CONTENT Defined for English Language Learners

content

adjective

Definition of content for English Language Learners

  • : pleased and satisfied : not needing more


content

verb

Definition of content for English Language Learners

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


CONTENT Defined for Kids

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content

noun con·tent \ ˈkän-ˌtent \

Definition of content for Students

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.

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content

adjective con·tent \ kən-ˈtent \

Definition of content for Students

:pleased and satisfied

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content

verb

Definition of content for Students

contented; contenting
:to make pleased :satisfy
  • He contented himself with a seat beside the fire.

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content

noun

Definition of content for Students

: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


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