Main definitions of content in English

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content1

adjective

  • 1In a state of peaceful happiness.

    ‘he seemed more content, less bitter’
    • ‘She let out a content sigh and rested her head on Jordan's shoulder.’
    • ‘He was quite content sitting on the bus, reading his paper and soaking up the atmosphere.’
    • ‘I was happy after my marriage, Logan and I were very content with each other.’
    • ‘The woman looked blissfully content, as though she had been granted her most heartfelt desire.’
    • ‘Smiling, I turned around the drove the rest of the way back to Trevor's with a content feeling.’
    • ‘She rested back against it's trunk, quite content on not being disturbed by anyone that couldn't find her.’
    • ‘I don't generally reckon it a good idea to go back to live in places you've lived before, no matter how happy or content you may have been there.’
    • ‘They were a devoted couple who were very content in each others company and the sympathy of the whole community goes out to Lionel in these sad and lonely days.’
    • ‘She made a content sound and snuggled up next to him, resting her head on his shoulder.’
    • ‘This creates an environment that some feel is uncomfortable or even unwelcome, and yet others feel quite content with it.’
    • ‘She wore a calm and content smile on her face as she saw her boys coming up to the house.’
    • ‘He's not in any rush, though, and is quite content in Bulgaria.’
    • ‘She looked so peaceful, so content and comfortable… even though she was a so far away from the ground.’
    • ‘There was just something about this time in the morning that calmed him to the soul and allowed a content feeling to spread through his body.’
    • ‘But there seem to be the regulars who appear quite content with their way of life and, if someone is willing to put a roof over their heads, that would appear to be a bonus.’
    • ‘And unlike before, these youngsters are certainly not content staying home to enjoy a quiet peaceful holiday.’
    • ‘Her lips curved into a content smile thinking about them, their strength, happiness, and virtue.’
    • ‘Hotsuma looked at her face, she seemed as though she were asleep, content and peaceful.’
    • ‘She thought of how content and peaceful she felt being with Yu Min.’
    • ‘He'll happily party for five days, literally, but I know Jo will end up very content with a nice little home and if not a picket fence than perhaps some shrubbery.’
    contented, satisfied, pleased
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    1. 1.1 Willing to accept something; satisfied.
      ‘he had to be content with third place’
      with infinitive ‘the duke was content to act as Regent’
      • ‘He's quite content with the knowledge that his films aren't for everyone.’
      • ‘I am quite content with my work life, I can't say I love everyone in office, because some of them I hardly know.’
      • ‘He is generally quite content with himself and his life, and he lacks for nothing, except honor.’
      • ‘Men are a solitary animal and are generally content with the status quo.’
      • ‘Not content with the level of safety near the river, Anne was on the phone again.’
      • ‘And in fact she does seem more at ease with herself than I've heard she was, and very content with her life.’
      • ‘I'm quite content with the knowledge that I'm paying my way through school and living comfortably.’
      • ‘But ten days ago both sides were quite content with the result, both realising that they had come perilously close to losing.’
      • ‘I have been in strictly monogamous relationships and most of us are perfectly content with that.’
      • ‘He is quite content to let whole neighbourhoods, whole cities, indeed whole countries be submerged in crime, so long as it does not affect him personally.’
      • ‘They appeared quite content with gestural communication with the children.’
      • ‘Australia's politicians and their advisers seem very content with our present defence policies and prescriptions.’
      • ‘Not content with patenting the test, the company moved quickly to ringfence the genes themselves.’
      • ‘Moby was quite content with a low-key musical career… until the world fell in love with an album he put together in his bedroom.’
      • ‘If you found yourself so fascinating in the first place you would not feel the need to go after anyone else and would be content sitting in and talking to yourself.’
      • ‘Not content with the progress he has made with the site, Jonathan is anxious to expand and improve on what's on offer.’
      • ‘Not content with continuing to sing both old roles and new in defiance of his 62 years, Domingo is preparing to embark on another new project.’
      • ‘We have had the investment for only a month and we are quite content with it.’
      • ‘I wonder if she's given up on me, or is just quite content with her existing mass of grandchildren?’
      • ‘However, it seems that Alice was quite content with carrying on with her waitressing - until Nicolas stepped in.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Satisfy (someone)

    ‘nothing would content her apart from going off to Barcelona’
    • ‘Stroking her hair, Brian shifted a little to get comfortable before leaning into the corner of the sofa and contenting himself to listening to her breathing even out.’
    • ‘Jane is contented with her teaching and the company of the house's inmates.’
    • ‘I didn't bother turning around, instead contenting myself to glare ahead at the open ocean.’
    • ‘This, in our judgment, they have manifestly failed to do, contenting themselves instead with deciding the case solely on the credibility of the witnesses.’
    • ‘What really separates contented couples from those in deep marital misery is a healthy balance between their positive and negative feelings and actions toward each other.’
    • ‘This was the best time she had ever had and she was contented with life as it was.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Jack and a small group of boys were contented to hunt.’
    • ‘When the race began, the crowd contented itself by lazily torturing his teammates, and, by early appearances, they were in rare form.’
    • ‘I've not been terribly fit to blog of late, contenting myself instead with low-level tasks and early nights.’
    • ‘It's Satan working his evil will through the world, contenting us with mediocrity.’
    • ‘I wasn't contented to stay at that moment, knowing whatever she spoke of, would terrorize me with the vanity.’
    • ‘As she lay down and rested her head against the pillow, the thought contented her.’
    • ‘The men's team was not at full strength and contented themselves here with a fifth place, but there were, nevertheless, some impressive performances.’
    • ‘Naoise let it fly over his head, contenting himself to look around.’
    • ‘I hadn't taken a book in and so I was contenting myself just daydreaming.’
    • ‘And until that day, he was contented with being the vagabond that he was.’
    • ‘But that only led to more thoughts of Kya - and Hal - so he pushed them away, instead contenting himself to focus on the sports update issuing from the TV on the kitchen counter.’
    • ‘In Scotland, though, and with some justification we have contented ourselves in the belief that our police forces are trustworthy and industrious.’
    • ‘I contented myself just looking through them and soaking in the library atmosphere.’
    • ‘After a moment, Jessie had quieted down, and was now contenting herself by singing a song about ‘honey’ and, ‘little black rain clouds.’’
    soothe, pacify, placate, appease, please, mollify, make happy, satisfy, still, quieten, silence
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    1. 1.1content oneself with Accept as adequate despite wanting more or better.
      ‘we contented ourselves with a few small purchases’
      • ‘Over the course of the next decade, the surviving members contented themselves with periodically blowing up a television tower or railroad station.’
      • ‘A prudent man, a man of less courage but more sense, would have contented himself with three more rounds of boxing.’
      • ‘The trio may have to content themselves with just getting the film seen, and using its success to raise the money for the next movie.’
      • ‘He, meanwhile, will content himself with what, by comparison, are relatively modest talents.’
      • ‘The grand strategy that the United States pursues does not content itself with merely seeking assurance against the rise of another regional hegemon.’
      • ‘In the meantime, content yourself with what you imagined it would've sounded like.’
      • ‘I content myself with just watching him from afar, and nothing makes me happier than just seeing him enjoying himself with the rest of the team and enjoying the game that we all love.’
      • ‘For lack of a better name, scientists contented themselves with what had been called magic since the beginning of time.’
      • ‘I contented myself with not doing a very good job on the canteen chairs.’
      • ‘What about situations where they just seem to be contenting themselves with the best of the worst?’
      • ‘She contented herself with not leaning against Walter, and paid attention.’
      • ‘Although no details have been disclosed, it is difficult to think that they contented themselves with just repeating their cases.’
      • ‘What it contents itself with, typically, is causes or other parts of causal circumstances.’
      • ‘Don't content yourself with an adequate performance from yourself or your students.’
      • ‘I wouldn't mind contenting myself with that for a day.’
      • ‘As recently as 10 years ago media consultants contented themselves with eight to 12 campaigns in an election cycle.’
      • ‘I contented myself with merely trying to become a migrant worker, a plan that fizzled because nobody in my family would advance me the cash necessary to go out west and meet my fellow migrants.’
      • ‘Until then I shall content myself with all those fruit-based American puddings such as cobblers and crisps.’
      • ‘Soon, he contented himself with simply staring out the window at passing stars and planets.’
      • ‘In scientific research, we content ourselves with nothing less than best-in-class.’
      be content, be satisfied, satisfy oneself
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noun

  • 1mass noun A state of satisfaction.

    ‘the greater part of the century was a time of content’
    • ‘I would ask those who champion the beach book why they are content to champion a dull novel in a comfortable environment.’
    • ‘We were content to coexist in peace, but you could not have it so!’
    • ‘They stood there for a few seconds, content with the peace of the garden.’
    • ‘They get sucked into the comfort zone and become content with their achievements.’
    • ‘Both felt comfortable and content as they drifted into a gentle sleep.’
    • ‘With a comfortable lead, the team was content to run out the clock and seal the win.’
    • ‘They appear comfortable and content to be allowed to develop in a steady, laid back, logical flow instead of jerky revelatory leaps.’
    • ‘You realise how much when he returns and effortlessly captures the spotlight, turning the crowd from content to jubilant.’
    • ‘Claire and Tess sat beneath the verandah, comfortable and content.’
    • ‘Together we drift off into a much needed sleep, both comfortable and content.’
    • ‘The whole area seemed rather peaceful, basking in the comfort and content of Christmas.’
    • ‘I think your forgot the part where money does not necessarily equal happiness and content.’
    • ‘May Allah deliver you from this state and grant you life full of peace and content.’
    • ‘For we all too easily feel content and satisfied with what we possess; we become accustomed to possessing.’
    • ‘Little groups of Ilavis danced around, avoiding the visitors, but they were content to spread their joy.’
    • ‘Some say that chocolate gives consumers delights of euphoric content, I say it does not give me that.’
    • ‘After their first fistfight outside the bar they sit next to each other exhausted, satisfied and content.’
    • ‘She'd rest her head on my shoulder, wherever we were, and we'd just stay like that, comfortable and content.’
    • ‘They are content to rest comfortably in the mainstream of life, remaining unnoticed.’
    contentedness, satisfaction, fulfilment
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  • 2A member of the British House of Lords who votes for a particular motion.

    • ‘The chairman of the committee said he was disappointed at the prospect of the contents of the house leaving the country.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin contentus ‘satisfied’, past participle of continere (see contain).

Pronunciation

content

/kənˈtɛnt/

Main definitions of content in English

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content2

noun

also contents
  • 1The things that are held or included in something.

    ‘she unscrewed the top of the flask and drank the contents’
    • ‘One of the soldiers dumps the contents of my pack onto the dirt and starts rummaging through my stuff.’
    • ‘Firebugs who torched a double garage wrecked the contents, including a car and a freezer packed with food, it was revealed today.’
    • ‘Inevitably as we pack the remaining contents of my condo the boxes of photos had to surface.’
    • ‘There's a still silence as they examine the contents which include pen, stickers, balloons, magnets and a few chocolate bars.’
    • ‘We all clink our champagne glasses together, drink the contents, then hurl ourselves into indiscriminate hugging and kissing.’
    • ‘When I do, I already know exactly what I'm looking for and can scan the contents of a shop quickly.’
    • ‘Even so, a steady trickle of boxes flowed through the living and dining rooms, and their contents were emptied and loaded into the new storage and display units.’
    • ‘Christina had crawled off of her bed and packed a bag to take with her, its contents including enough money to return to Los Angeles.’
    • ‘The guild's next meeting will be on Tuesday night, April 9 and the competition is guess the contents of the parcel.’
    • ‘I then shake the contents of my drink, and smell.’
    • ‘We set off with a springing step - me particularly - as I had left most of the contents of my small pack at the hut.’
    • ‘It also included the contents of several trust funds she inherited.’
    • ‘For sale with all its contents included, this apartment also comes with a parking space.’
    • ‘The contents include news snippets, important addresses in New Delhi, trade news, a Learn Russian column and a children's corner.’
    • ‘The contents of older capsules include a video of children walking to school, a picture of a dove of peace and an asthma inhaler, among other things.’
    • ‘All orders come packaged in the eponymous brown box and wrapped in parcel paper - but their contents include a dazzling array of delights.’
    • ‘The contents included a new American-style silver fridge, white daisy fairy lights and gas lamp.’
    • ‘He even moved to Brazil and opened a bar but drank the contents and went bust after three years.’
    • ‘He ripped the bag out of her hands and ran off with the contents, which included cash and various credit and bank cards.’
    • ‘Beelzebubus III drank the contents of every single blender.’
    things inside, load
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    1. 1.1in singular, with modifier The amount of a particular constituent occurring in a substance.
      ‘soya milk has a low fat content’
      • ‘Also, because of its low fat content, they are considered the most digestible and least likely to bring about sickness.’
      • ‘Course content focuses on natural resource issues and applications for solving environmental problems.’
      • ‘Besides, the fat content was too low for long-term use.’
      • ‘Fish contains plenty of cholesterol and fat, only it is slightly lower than the cholesterol content in beef and chicken.’
      • ‘Eat meals with a low fat content, and avoid coffee, chocolate, milk, alcohol, nicotine and tomatoes.’
      amount, proportion, quantity, bulk, total, quota
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    2. 1.2 A list of the chapters or sections given at the front of a book or periodical.
      as modifier ‘the contents page’
      • ‘The search will produce a web page containing the book's table of contents, a sample chapter, and a list of the corporate sponsors.’
      • ‘Some of those books will allow you to go through the table of contents, first chapter, and index right there on your screen.’
      • ‘I'll list the table of contents for that book and offer a brief overview of possible discussions in each chapter.’
      • ‘The initial table of contents briefly lists the contents of the entire book.’
      • ‘It has no table of contents, no chapter titles or headings and no index.’
      • ‘There is certainly a detailed list of contents at the front of the book, but this is not an alphabetic index.’
      • ‘In addition to the guides, the online help files include a contents section, a glossary and searching capabilities.’
      • ‘Chronology had to take precedence over the groupings, but the titles in these are given in the contents lists at the back of the book.’
      • ‘The book starts with a table of contents listing all 116 games.’
      • ‘The ‘my computer’ section lists the contents of your hard drive.’
      • ‘The phrase is used as a section heading in the book's table of contents.’
      • ‘Each entry lists bibliographic data and contents, along with a lengthy excerpt.’
      • ‘One strike against the User's Guide is that each section has its own table of contents, rather than a master table of contents at the front of the book.’
      • ‘Multiple tables of contents featuring different general subject matter make it easy to find what you need.’
      • ‘The table of contents provides major section headings that can be expanded to show subheadings and subsubheadings.’
      • ‘The book begins with a standard table of contents, lists of tables and illustrations, a preface, acknowledgments, and an introduction.’
      • ‘He's continually picking one up and putting another down, shuffling between indices, tables of contents and bibliographies.’
      • ‘The first is the traditional way: simply, from the table of contents at the front of the book to the appendix at the back.’
      • ‘It would expand on a current program that lets shoppers read a table of contents, a first chapter or a few selected pages provided by the publishers of certain books.’
      • ‘Each section begins with its own table of contents and lists chapters and subchapters of that section.’
      chapters, sections, divisions
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    3. 1.3mass noun The material dealt with in a speech, literary work, etc. as distinct from its form or style.
      ‘the tone, if not the content, of his book is familiar’
      • ‘That's unfair - the more so because it was Stern's style and content of speech that made him rich in the first place.’
      • ‘Angelina's family background informed the style and content of her literary works.’
      • ‘Basically, I find myself more often having issues with the style, rather content, of a Galloway speech.’
      • ‘Grammar, style, and content can become subject to criticism or even ridicule.’
      • ‘Yet despite all that it probably was still the speech of his life - strong on content if short on style.’
      subject matter, subject, theme, burden, gist, argument, thesis, message, point, thrust, substance, matter, material, text, ideas
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    4. 1.4 Information made available by a website or other electronic medium.
      as modifier ‘online content providers’
      • ‘Various forms of multimedia contents, including video-clips will be added from a variety of sources.’
      • ‘Scroll down the content offerings until you find the section for Web & Internet.’
      • ‘The content flow within this connection is seldom checked.’
      • ‘The title tag includes the title text that you created for each specific web page, the title that provides information about the contents of your web page.’
      • ‘Search engines read the contents of websites and judge how relevant they are for a certain search.’
      • ‘This bundle is a stroke of genius in our minds, and means that you can decide what content you want your kids to use.’
      • ‘Intrusion detection, log monitoring, and of course patch management all become part of the overall security of the website and the contents.’
      • ‘Like any type of writing, if you want to work in online content you need sample pieces to show prospective clients what you can do.’
      • ‘Then again, I haven't figured out yet how any content sites are going to make any money off the web besides advertising.’
      • ‘The newly added contents should be available to web surfers at the next database updates which normally take few days up to few months.’
      • ‘You know what content you want on the website but have no clue how to present it to the user.’
      • ‘What I mean by this is that I want the background image to appear, even when the content is there, rather than the content section being a plain opaque colour.’
      • ‘The contents of the Web site, however, compensate for its traditional image by being versatile and very user-friendly.’
      • ‘But if it's content you're looking for, some of the other sites have more to offer.’
      • ‘Even mildly-prolific weblogs have quite a bit more content than that.’
      • ‘Make sure the contents on your website is optimized properly with proper focus on keywords and nice heading, title and description.’
      • ‘However, it turns out that I got into the content editing/creation side of things on a couple of the big website contracts I worked on, and enjoyed it.’
      • ‘Instead, he says that people will have to change their views about paying for content if the online medium is to deliver what it promises.’
      • ‘More often than not, the contents of web sites are updated frequently.’
      • ‘An indication that audiences are being created for blog content which extend well beyond the bloggers themselves.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin contentum (plural contenta ‘things contained’), neuter past participle of continere (see contain).

Pronunciation

content

/ˈkɒntɛnt/