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 Not when the dying were schoolchildren, people in the midst of prayer or contented folks just living quiet lives. Washington Post, "Americans are stubbornly unmoved by death," 23 Mar. 2021 People in communities where there is little cash are as contented as those from rich societies. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Simmering Down - Quiet and Milder Than Average Into Next Week," 10 Mar. 2021 Despite a civil war that’s been going on since 1991, surveys suggest it’s one of the most contented countries in Africa. Candice Wang, Popular Science, "5 countries that prove money doesn’t alway buy happiness," 5 Mar. 2021 Now widowed and living in memory care in Shakopee, Schmidt, 86, still has a cat — one that meows, blinks and, when petted, vibrates slightly with a contented purr. Kevyn Burger Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Isolated, aging Minnesotans are finding calming companions in robotic pets," 16 Feb. 2021 By this time, the suspicion that I wasn’t cut out for a contented Canadian life had become a conviction. Bruce Mccall, The New Yorker, "My Life in Cars," 12 Dec. 2020 Bell is a contented role player for the mighty Kansas City Chiefs. New York Times, "Perform Abysmally, Defend Yourself Vehemently: The Adam Gase Way," 2 Dec. 2020 The trick to being a contented and productive self-talker is to be circumspect about doing it in public, lest my genius be confused with madness. Robert Klose, The Christian Science Monitor, "Confessions of a self-talker," 16 Sep. 2020 The Grand Caravan is being replaced by the Chrysler Pacifica, introduced for 2017, and the de-contented version of that avant-garde minivan introduced last year, the Chrysler Voyager. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "These Vehicles Are Dead for 2021," 31 July 2020

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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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4 Apr 2021

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“Contented.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 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

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contentedly adverb

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