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 Taylor’s supple singing can sound contented or restless, hopeful or regretful, providing a welcome aural balm of comfort and reassurance in even the most turbulent times. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Oct. 2021 Your aim is to encourage confident, comfortable and contented occupants. James Taylor, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Enjoy restful places and associate with contented people during the next four to five weeks while your energy might be at a low point. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 13 Sep. 2021 Shoulders back and her rifle pointed down, Gee stood on the tarmac of the Kabul airport and stared, with a contented expression, into the camera. Raheem Hosseini, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Aug. 2021 Since his release, the 74-year-old retiree has carved out a quiet and contented life for himself in Carlsbad. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Aug. 2021 At age 93, Phyllis Cutler leads a simple, contented life, filled with family visits, reading, and watching TV in her Milton home., 3 Aug. 2021 Arians, with Brady surely playing his part in it, is not about to allow the Bucs to slip into some sort of happy, contented outfit basking in glory. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 But an expanding business does not necessarily signify a contented workplace. New York Times, 24 June 2021

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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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18 Nov 2021

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“Contented.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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