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.

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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 Meanwhile, even in Wales, long the most contented member of the union, independence has crept back on the agenda. The Economist, "Any deal struck between Britain and the EU should be put to voters," 17 Oct. 2019 This August, the numbers of spawning fish was below average, leaving the usually contented bears a little hungry. Eva Sohlman, New York Times, "Forged by Volcanoes, Kamchatka Offers Majestic, Magnetic Wilds," 7 Oct. 2019 Dozier and Barbara, his wife of 40-plus years, continue to live out a contented life in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, where close friends have included Kris Kardashian and her late husband, Robert. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Motown's Lamont Dozier looks back on success, struggle and smash hits in new autobiography," 24 Nov. 2019 While transit’s critics see frustrated subway passengers fuming at long waits on dingy platforms, supporters see contented commuters who can sink their brains into books, watch videos on their phones, or just daydream., "Seeing red," 20 Nov. 2019 Along the way, the organizers and participants of the rebellions shattered stereotypes of compliant, contented slaves, and challenged the institution of slavery itself. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How two centuries of slave revolts shaped American history," 8 Nov. 2019 And that is why smart executives will realise that a contented workforce is a necessity for corporate success. The Economist, "Employee happiness and business success are linked," 1 Aug. 2019 Contrary to many wild animals that populate the world of fairy tales and fables, furry Bruin — with a few exceptions — appears as a good-natured, snuggly, and contented being. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "New book explores mankind’s fascination with bears, from Stone Age to 'Winnie the Pooh’," 31 Aug. 2019 As research into our mysterious gray matter continues to explode, scientists are getting ever closer to understanding what creates a calm, contented and happy brain. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Want to live longer? Be an optimist, study says," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of contented was in the 15th century

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6 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Contented.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of contented

: happy and satisfied : showing or feeling contentment


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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