• enPR: kəntĕnt', IPA: /kənˈtɛnt/


  1. satisfied
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter I, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314 ↗, page 0108 ↗:
      This new-comer was a man who in any company would have seemed striking. […] He was smooth-faced, and his fresh skin and well-developed figure bespoke the man in good physical condition through active exercise, yet well content with the world's apportionment.
    Synonyms: contented, pleased, satisfied
Translations Noun

content (uncountable)

  1. (now, rare, except in phrases) Satisfaction, contentment; pleasure.
    • 1791, Elizabeth Inchbald, A Simple Story, Penguin 2009, p. 287:
      ‘I understand you—upon every other subject, but the only one, my content requires, you are ready to obey me.’
  1. (archaic) alright, agreed

content (contents, present participle contenting; past and past participle contented)

  1. (transitive) to give contentment or satisfaction; to satisfy; to make happy.
    You can't have any more - you'll have to content yourself with what you already have.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Mark 15:15,
      And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.
    • 1741, Isaac Watts, The Improvement of the Mind, London: James Brackstone, Part I, Chapter 14, p. 194,
      Do not content yourselves with meer Words and Names, lest your laboured Improvements only amass a heap of unintelligible Phrases, and you feed upon Husks instead of Kernels.
    • 2016, Felicity Cloake, “How to make the perfect cacio e pepe,” The Guardian, 3 November, 2016,
      Caz Hildebrand and Jacob Kenedy recommend rigatoni in the Geometry of Pasta, and Christopher Boswell, the chef behind the Rome Sustainable Food project, prefers wholemeal paccheri or rigatoni in his book Pasta, on the basis that “the flavour of the whole grain is strong enough to stand up to the sharp and salty sheep’s milk cheese” (as I can find neither easily, I have to content myself with brown penne instead).
  2. (transitive, obsolete) to satisfy the expectations of; to pay; to requite
    • c. 1599 William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act III, Scene 2,
      Come the next Sabbath, and I will content you.
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  • (RP) IPA: /ˈkɔn.tɛnt/
  • (America) enPR: kŏn'tĕnt, IPA: /ˈkɑn.tɛnt/


  1. (obsolete) Contained.


  1. (uncountable) That which is contained.
  2. Subject matter; that which is contained in writing or speech.
    • 1841, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge Chapter 21
      Hugh admitting that he never had, and moreover that he couldn’t read, Mrs Varden declared with much severity, that he ought to he even more ashamed of himself than before, and strongly recommended him to save up his pocket-money for the purchase of one, and further to teach himself the contents with all convenient diligence.
  3. the amount of material contained; contents
  4. capacity for holding
    • 1627, Francis Bacon, New Atlantis
      Strong ships, of great content.
  5. (mathematics) the n-dimensional space contained by an n-dimensional polytope (called volume in the case of a polyhedron and area in the case of a polygon)
  6. (algebra, ring theory, of a polynomial with coefficients in a GCD domain) the greatest common divisor of the coefficients; (of a polynomial with coefficients in an integral domain) the common factor of the coefficients which, when removed, leaves the adjusted coefficients with no common factor that is noninvertible
  7. Satisfaction; contentment.
    They were in a state of sleepy content after supper.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2: Act 1, Scene 1
      Such is the fullness of my heart's content.
  8. (obsolete) acquiescence without examination
    • 1711, Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism
      The sense they humbly take upon content.
  9. That which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2: Act 1, Scene 1
      So will I in England work your grace's full content.
  10. (UK, House of Lords) an expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmate vote
  11. (UK, House of Lords) a member who votes in assent
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