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[kon-tent] /ˈkɒn tɛnt/
Usually, contents.
  1. something that is contained:
    the contents of a box.
  2. the subjects or topics covered in a book or document.
  3. the chapters or other formal divisions of a book or document:
    a table of contents.
something that is to be expressed through some medium, as speech, writing, or any of various arts:
a poetic form adequate to a poetic content.
significance or profundity; meaning:
a clever play that lacks content.
substantive information or creative material viewed in contrast to its actual or potential manner of presentation:
publishers, record companies, and other content providers; a flashy website, but without much content.
that which may be perceived in something:
the latent versus the manifest content of a dream.
Philosophy, Logic. the sum of the attributes or notions comprised in a given conception; the substance or matter of cognition.
power of containing; holding capacity:
The bowl's content is three quarts.
volume, area, or extent; size.
the amount contained.
Linguistics. the system of meanings or semantic values specific to a language (opposed to expression).
  1. Mathematics. the greatest common divisor of all the coefficients of a given polynomial.
  2. any abstraction of the concept of length, area, or volume.
Origin of content1
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin contentum, noun use of neuter of Latin contentus (past participle of continēre to contain), equivalent to con- con- + ten- hold + -tus past participle suffix


[kuh n-tent] /kənˈtɛnt/
satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.
British. agreeing; assenting.
Archaic. willing.
verb (used with object)
to make content:
These things content me.
the state or feeling of being contented; satisfaction; contentment:
His content was threatened.
(in the British House of Lords) an affirmative vote or voter.
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin contentus satisfied, special use of past participle of continēre; see content1
Related forms
contentable, adjective
contently, adverb
contentness, noun
4. appease, gratify. See satisfy.
4. dissatisfy. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for content
  • Most of us, too, must learn to be content with modest capacity as with modest fortune.
  • Humanists were not content with putting knowledge to new uses.
  • He was not always content to say what he had to say once.
  • It is also the realization of the whole appropriate content of this rhyme or rhythm.
  • Their aim and their achievement have to content themselves chiefly with moral rather than with mental success-Spectator.
  • The same is true of composite works of art, of their subject and content, whether the theme be fable or history.
  • If you already have a subscription, please log in or activate your access to our premium online content.
  • Local bloggers may squawk about content wanting to be free.
  • Even when it supposedly existed, its content largely depended on other characteristics of your little corner of the world.
  • But for all types of content, everyone agrees that the next big business opportunity is in mobile devices.
British Dictionary definitions for content


(often pl) everything that is inside a container: the contents of a box
(usually pl)
  1. the chapters or divisions of a book
  2. a list, printed at the front of a book, of chapters or divisions together with the number of the first page of each
the meaning or significance of a poem, painting, or other work of art, as distinguished from its style or form
all that is contained or dealt with in a discussion, piece of writing, etc; substance
the capacity or size of a thing
the proportion of a substance contained in an alloy, mixture, etc: the lead content of petrol
Word Origin
C15: from Latin contentus contained, from continēre to contain


adjective (postpositive)
mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are
assenting to or willing to accept circumstances, a proposed course of action, etc
(transitive) to make (oneself or another person) content or satisfied: to content oneself with property
peace of mind; mental or emotional satisfaction
(Brit) (in the House of Lords) a formal expression of assent, as opposed to the expression not content
Derived Forms
contently, adverb
contentment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin contentus contented, that is, having restrained desires, from continēre to restrain
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Word Origin and History for content

early 15c., from Middle French contenter, from content (adj.) "satisfied," from Latin contentus "contained, satisfied," past participle of continere (see contain). Sense evolved through "contained," "restrained," to "satisfied," as the contented person's desires are bound by what he or she already has. Related: Contented; contentedly.


c.1400, from Old French content, "satisfied," from Latin contentus "contained, satisfied," past participle of continere (see contain). Related: Contently (largely superseded by contentedly).


"that which is contained," early 15c., from Latin contentum, contenta, noun use of past participle of continere (see contain). Meaning "satisfaction" is from 1570s; heart's content is from 1590s (Shakespeare).

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content in Medicine

content con·tent (kŏn'těnt')

  1. Something contained, as in a receptacle.

  2. The proportion of a specified substance present in something else, as of protein in a food.

  3. The subject matter or essential meaning of something, especially a dream.

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