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 thought of how content and peaceful she felt being with Yu Min.’
    • ‘She looked so peaceful, so content and comfortable… even though she was a so far away from the ground.’
    • ‘The woman looked blissfully content, as though she had been granted her most heartfelt desire.’
    • ‘And unlike before, these youngsters are certainly not content staying home to enjoy a quiet peaceful holiday.’
    • ‘She let out a content sigh and rested her head on Jordan's shoulder.’
    • ‘She wore a calm and content smile on her face as she saw her boys coming up to the house.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She rested back against it's trunk, quite content on not being disturbed by anyone that couldn't find her.’
    • ‘Smiling, I turned around the drove the rest of the way back to Trevor's with a content feeling.’
    • ‘She made a content sound and snuggled up next to him, resting her head on his shoulder.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He's not in any rush, though, and is quite content in Bulgaria.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This creates an environment that some feel is uncomfortable or even unwelcome, and yet others feel quite content with it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    contented, satisfied, pleased
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    1. 1.1Willing to accept something; satisfied.
      ‘he had to be content with third place’
      with infinitive ‘the duke was content to act as Regent’
      • ‘But ten days ago both sides were quite content with the result, both realising that they had come perilously close to losing.’
      • ‘We have had the investment for only a month and we are quite content with it.’
      • ‘Australia's politicians and their advisers seem very content with our present defence policies and prescriptions.’
      • ‘Men are a solitary animal and are generally content with the status quo.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I am quite content with my work life, I can't say I love everyone in office, because some of them I hardly know.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm quite content with the knowledge that I'm paying my way through school and living comfortably.’
      • ‘He is generally quite content with himself and his life, and he lacks for nothing, except honor.’
      • ‘However, it seems that Alice was quite content with carrying on with her waitressing - until Nicolas stepped in.’
      • ‘Not content with the progress he has made with the site, Jonathan is anxious to expand and improve on what's on offer.’
      • ‘He's quite content with the knowledge that his films aren't for everyone.’
      • ‘They appeared quite content with gestural communication with the children.’
      • ‘I have been in strictly monogamous relationships and most of us are perfectly content with that.’
      • ‘And in fact she does seem more at ease with herself than I've heard she was, and very content with her life.’
      • ‘I wonder if she's given up on me, or is just quite content with her existing mass of grandchildren?’
      • ‘Not content with the level of safety near the river, Anne was on the phone again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

[with object]
  • 1Satisfy (someone)

    ‘nothing would content her apart from going off to Barcelona’
    • ‘It's Satan working his evil will through the world, contenting us with mediocrity.’
    • ‘I've not been terribly fit to blog of late, contenting myself instead with low-level tasks and early nights.’
    • ‘I hadn't taken a book in and so I was contenting myself just daydreaming.’
    • ‘After a moment, Jessie had quieted down, and was now contenting herself by singing a song about ‘honey’ and, ‘little black rain clouds.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This, in our judgment, they have manifestly failed to do, contenting themselves instead with deciding the case solely on the credibility of the witnesses.’
    • ‘Naoise let it fly over his head, contenting himself to look around.’
    • ‘I didn't bother turning around, instead contenting myself to glare ahead at the open ocean.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, Jack and a small group of boys were contented to hunt.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And until that day, he was contented with being the vagabond that he was.’
    • ‘This was the best time she had ever had and she was contented with life as it was.’
    • ‘Jane is contented with her teaching and the company of the house's inmates.’
    • ‘When the race began, the crowd contented itself by lazily torturing his teammates, and, by early appearances, they were in rare form.’
    • ‘The men's team was not at full strength and contented themselves here with a fifth place, but there were, nevertheless, some impressive performances.’
    • ‘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.’
    soothe, pacify, placate, appease, please, mollify, make happy, satisfy, still, quieten, silence
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    1. 1.1content oneself withAccept as adequate despite wanting more or better.
      ‘we contented ourselves with a few small purchases’
      • ‘Don't content yourself with an adequate performance from yourself or your students.’
      • ‘I contented myself with not doing a very good job on the canteen chairs.’
      • ‘In the meantime, content yourself with what you imagined it would've sounded like.’
      • ‘He, meanwhile, will content himself with what, by comparison, are relatively modest talents.’
      • ‘What it contents itself with, typically, is causes or other parts of causal circumstances.’
      • ‘I wouldn't mind contenting myself with that for a day.’
      • ‘Over the course of the next decade, the surviving members contented themselves with periodically blowing up a television tower or railroad station.’
      • ‘As recently as 10 years ago media consultants contented themselves with eight to 12 campaigns in an election cycle.’
      • ‘For lack of a better name, scientists contented themselves with what had been called magic since the beginning of time.’
      • ‘Although no details have been disclosed, it is difficult to think that they contented themselves with just repeating their cases.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A prudent man, a man of less courage but more sense, would have contented himself with three more rounds of boxing.’
      • ‘Soon, he contented himself with simply staring out the window at passing stars and planets.’
      • ‘She contented herself with not leaning against Walter, and paid attention.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In scientific research, we content ourselves with nothing less than best-in-class.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Until then I shall content myself with all those fruit-based American puddings such as cobblers and crisps.’
      • ‘The grand strategy that the United States pursues does not content itself with merely seeking assurance against the rise of another regional hegemon.’
      • ‘What about situations where they just seem to be contenting themselves with the best of the worst?’
      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’
    • ‘Some say that chocolate gives consumers delights of euphoric content, I say it does not give me that.’
    • ‘I think your forgot the part where money does not necessarily equal happiness and content.’
    • ‘The whole area seemed rather peaceful, basking in the comfort and content of Christmas.’
    • ‘A great many rich people were strangers to that ease and content, which they had reason to envy in many much beneath them in fortune.’
    • ‘We sat in a state of great content, until the darkness deepened.’
    • ‘I have experienced a period of great content and happiness working a lower paying job after running away from a high stress higher paying job.’
    • ‘I like everyone to feel true content and joy after doing a shoot with me!’
    • ‘For a moment I felt perfect content just wandering.’
    contentedness, content, 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’
    • ‘All orders come packaged in the eponymous brown box and wrapped in parcel paper - but their contents include a dazzling array of delights.’
    • ‘Firebugs who torched a double garage wrecked the contents, including a car and a freezer packed with food, it was revealed today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Beelzebubus III drank the contents of every single blender.’
    • ‘The contents include news snippets, important addresses in New Delhi, trade news, a Learn Russian column and a children's corner.’
    • ‘We all clink our champagne glasses together, drink the contents, then hurl ourselves into indiscriminate hugging and kissing.’
    • ‘I then shake the contents of my drink, and smell.’
    • ‘There's a still silence as they examine the contents which include pen, stickers, balloons, magnets and a few chocolate bars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It also included the contents of several trust funds she inherited.’
    • ‘The contents included a new American-style silver fridge, white daisy fairy lights and gas lamp.’
    • ‘When I do, I already know exactly what I'm looking for and can scan the contents of a shop quickly.’
    • ‘He ripped the bag out of her hands and ran off with the contents, which included cash and various credit and bank cards.’
    • ‘For sale with all its contents included, this apartment also comes with a parking space.’
    • ‘He even moved to Brazil and opened a bar but drank the contents and went bust after three years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The guild's next meeting will be on Tuesday night, April 9 and the competition is guess the contents of the parcel.’
    • ‘We set off with a springing step - me particularly - as I had left most of the contents of my small pack at the hut.’
    • ‘One of the soldiers dumps the contents of my pack onto the dirt and starts rummaging through my stuff.’
    • ‘Inevitably as we pack the remaining contents of my condo the boxes of photos had to surface.’
    things inside, content, load
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    1. 1.1in singular The amount of a particular constituent occurring in a substance.
      ‘soya milk has a low fat content’
      • ‘Besides, the fat content was too low for long-term use.’
      • ‘Also, because of its low fat content, they are considered the most digestible and least likely to bring about sickness.’
      • ‘Eat meals with a low fat content, and avoid coffee, chocolate, milk, alcohol, nicotine and tomatoes.’
      • ‘Fish contains plenty of cholesterol and fat, only it is slightly lower than the cholesterol content in beef and chicken.’
      • ‘Course content focuses on natural resource issues and applications for solving environmental problems.’
      amount, proportion, quantity, bulk, total, quota
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    2. 1.2A list of the chapters or sections given at the front of a book or periodical.
      as modifier ‘the contents page’
      • ‘Each section begins with its own table of contents and lists chapters and subchapters of that section.’
      • ‘There is certainly a detailed list of contents at the front of the book, but this is not an alphabetic index.’
      • ‘The search will produce a web page containing the book's table of contents, a sample chapter, and a list of the corporate sponsors.’
      • ‘The ‘my computer’ section lists the contents of your hard drive.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Multiple tables of contents featuring different general subject matter make it easy to find what you need.’
      • ‘Some of those books will allow you to go through the table of contents, first chapter, and index right there on your screen.’
      • ‘Each entry lists bibliographic data and contents, along with a lengthy excerpt.’
      • ‘In addition to the guides, the online help files include a contents section, a glossary and searching capabilities.’
      • ‘It has no table of contents, no chapter titles or headings and no index.’
      • ‘The book begins with a standard table of contents, lists of tables and illustrations, a preface, acknowledgments, and an introduction.’
      • ‘The book starts with a table of contents listing all 116 games.’
      • ‘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 first is the traditional way: simply, from the table of contents at the front of the book to the appendix at the back.’
      • ‘The phrase is used as a section heading in the book's table of contents.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The table of contents provides major section headings that can be expanded to show subheadings and subsubheadings.’
      • ‘He's continually picking one up and putting another down, shuffling between indices, tables of contents and bibliographies.’
      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.’
      • ‘Yet despite all that it probably was still the speech of his life - strong on content if short on style.’
      • ‘Grammar, style, and content can become subject to criticism or even ridicule.’
      • ‘Basically, I find myself more often having issues with the style, rather content, of a Galloway speech.’
      subject matter, subject, theme, burden, gist, argument, thesis, message, point, thrust, substance, matter, material, text, ideas
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    4. 1.4Information made available by a website or other electronic medium.
      as modifier ‘online content providers’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The contents of the Web site, however, compensate for its traditional image by being versatile and very user-friendly.’
      • ‘Make sure the contents on your website is optimized properly with proper focus on keywords and nice heading, title and description.’
      • ‘Intrusion detection, log monitoring, and of course patch management all become part of the overall security of the website and the contents.’
      • ‘More often than not, the contents of web sites are updated frequently.’
      • ‘Search engines read the contents of websites and judge how relevant they are for a certain search.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The newly added contents should be available to web surfers at the next database updates which normally take few days up to few months.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even mildly-prolific weblogs have quite a bit more content than that.’
      • ‘Then again, I haven't figured out yet how any content sites are going to make any money off the web besides advertising.’
      • ‘The content flow within this connection is seldom checked.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Scroll down the content offerings until you find the section for Web & Internet.’
      • ‘But if it's content you're looking for, some of the other sites have more to offer.’
      • ‘This bundle is a stroke of genius in our minds, and means that you can decide what content you want your kids to use.’
      • ‘You know what content you want on the website but have no clue how to present it to the user.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An indication that audiences are being created for blog content which extend well beyond the bloggers themselves.’
      • ‘Various forms of multimedia contents, including video-clips will be added from a variety of sources.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

content

/ˈkɒntɛnt/