con·​tent·​ed | \ kən-ˈten-təd How to pronounce contented (audio) \

Definition of contented

: feeling or showing satisfaction with one's possessions, status, or situation a contented smile They lived a contented life.

Other Words from contented

contentedly adverb
contentedness noun

Examples of contented in a Sentence

She felt peaceful and contented. having had her fill of candy, the contented girl sank back into the easy chair and dozed off
Recent Examples on the Web The wayward queen who had once rebelled against her husband and invaded her own country died a quiet death at the age of 63, an apparently contented woman. Anne Thériault, Longreads, 21 June 2022 June 14, 2022 Turned on the TV with happy heart, watched with heavy heart and ended with contented heart. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 14 June 2022 Ads for dairy products often talk about cows being happy or contented. Steven Savage, Forbes, 9 June 2022 How much contented domesticity can a viewer be subjected to? John Anderson, WSJ, 19 May 2022 His sister, Anne, seems the most contented of the lot. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 29 Apr. 2022 And though the monumental journey and confident grandeur Mitski fans crave may not always be visible, the darkness here is delivered not with gritted teeth but with the contented sighs of a life dedicated to the loving self-destruction of art. Lior Phillips, Variety, 4 Feb. 2022 All in all, Crumb gave the outward appearance of living a contented life. Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 The series centers on the Delaneys, who from the outside appear to be an enviably contented family. Joe Otterson, Variety, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of contented

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for contented

Middle English, from past participle of contenten "to content entry 3"

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27 Jun 2022

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“Contented.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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con·​tent·​ed | \ kən-ˈten-təd How to pronounce contented (audio) \

Kids Definition of contented

: satisfied or showing satisfaction a contented smile

Other Words from contented

contentedly adverb

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