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con·tent 1

1. often contents Something contained, as in a receptacle: the contents of my desk drawer; the contents of an aerosol can.
2. often contents
a. The individual items or topics that are dealt with in a publication or document: a table of contents.
b. The material, including text and images, that constitutes a publication or document.
a. The substance or significance of a written work, especially as contrasted with its form.
b. Information, such as text, video, and sound, usually as contrasted with its format of presentation: a television producer looking for content that was more entertaining.
4. The proportion of a specified substance: Eggs have a high protein content.

[Middle English, from Medieval Latin contentum, neuter past participle of Latin continēre, to contain; see contain.]

con·tent 2

1. Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied.
2. Ready to accept or acquiesce; willing: She was content to step down after four years as chief executive.
tr.v. con·tent·ed, con·tent·ing, con·tents
To make content or satisfied: contented himself with one piece of cake.
Contentment; satisfaction.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin contentus, past participle of continēre, to restrain; see contain.]
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1. (often plural) everything that is inside a container: the contents of a box.
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) (usually plural)
a. the chapters or divisions of a book
b. a list, printed at the front of a book, of chapters or divisions together with the number of the first page of each
3. all that is contained or dealt with in a discussion, piece of writing, etc; substance
4. the information, material, etc presented on a website or other digital medium
5. (Art Terms) the meaning or significance of a poem, painting, or other work of art, as distinguished from its style or form
6. the capacity or size of a thing
7. the proportion of a substance contained in an alloy, mixture, etc: the lead content of petrol.
[C15: from Latin contentus contained, from continēre to contain]


adj (postpositive)
1. mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are
2. assenting to or willing to accept circumstances, a proposed course of action, etc
(tr) to make (oneself or another person) content or satisfied: to content oneself with property.
peace of mind; mental or emotional satisfaction
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit (in the House of Lords) a formal expression of assent, as opposed to the expression not content
[C14: from Old French, from Latin contentus contented, that is, having restrained desires, from continēre to restrain]
conˈtently adv
conˈtentment n
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(ˈkɒn tɛnt)

1. Usu., contents.
a. something that is contained: the contents of a box.
b. the subjects or topics covered in a book or document.
c. the chapters or other formal divisions of a book or document.
2. something expressed through some medium, as a work of art: a poetic form adequate to the content.
3. significance or profundity; meaning: a clever play that lacks content.
4. 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 Web site, but without much content.
5. that which may be perceived in something: the latent content of a dream.
6. power of containing; holding capacity.
7. volume, area, or extent; size.
8. the amount of a substance contained.
[1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin contentum, n. use of neuter of Latin contentus, past participle of continēre to contain]



1. satisfied with what one is or has; not wanting more or anything else.
2. willing or resigned; assenting.
3. to make content.
4. the state or feeling of being contented; contentment.
5. (in the British House of Lords) an affirmative vote or voter.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin contentus satisfied, orig. past participle of continēre; see content1]
con•tent′ness, n.
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Content can be a noun, an adjective, or a verb. When it is a noun, it is pronounced /'kɒntent/. When it is an adjective or verb, it is pronounced /kən'tent/.

1. used as a plural noun

The contents /'kɒntents/ of something such as a box or room are the things inside it.

She emptied out the contents of the bag.

Be Careful!
Contents is a plural noun. Don't talk about 'a content'.

The contents of something such as a document or tape are the things written in it or recorded on it.

He couldn't remember the contents of the note.
2. used as an uncountable noun

The content of something such as a speech, piece of writing, website, or television programme is the information it gives, or the ideas or opinions expressed in it.

I was disturbed by the content of some of the speeches.
The website content includes issues of the newsletter.
3. used as an adjective

If you are content /kən'tent/ to do something or are content with something, you are willing to do it, have it, or accept it.

A few teachers were content to pay the fines.
Not content with running one business, Sally Green has bought another.

If you are content, you are happy and satisfied. You use this meaning of content after a linking verb. Don't use it in front of a noun.

He says his daughter is quite content.
I feel more content singing than at any other time.
4. 'contented'

You can also use contented /kən'tentɪd/ to say that someone is happy and satisfied. Contented can be used in front of a noun or after a linking verb.

The firm has a loyal and contented labour force.
For ten years they lived like this and were perfectly contented.
5. 'content' used as a verb

If you content /kən'tent/ yourself with doing something, you are satisfied with it and don't try to do other things.

Most manufacturers content themselves with updating existing models.
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Past participle: contented
Gerund: contenting

I content
you content
he/she/it contents
we content
you content
they content
I contented
you contented
he/she/it contented
we contented
you contented
they contented
Present Continuous
I am contenting
you are contenting
he/she/it is contenting
we are contenting
you are contenting
they are contenting
Present Perfect
I have contented
you have contented
he/she/it has contented
we have contented
you have contented
they have contented
Past Continuous
I was contenting
you were contenting
he/she/it was contenting
we were contenting
you were contenting
they were contenting
Past Perfect
I had contented
you had contented
he/she/it had contented
we had contented
you had contented
they had contented
I will content
you will content
he/she/it will content
we will content
you will content
they will content
Future Perfect
I will have contented
you will have contented
he/she/it will have contented
we will have contented
you will have contented
they will have contented
Future Continuous
I will be contenting
you will be contenting
he/she/it will be contenting
we will be contenting
you will be contenting
they will be contenting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been contenting
you have been contenting
he/she/it has been contenting
we have been contenting
you have been contenting
they have been contenting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been contenting
you will have been contenting
he/she/it will have been contenting
we will have been contenting
you will have been contenting
they will have been contenting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been contenting
you had been contenting
he/she/it had been contenting
we had been contenting
you had been contenting
they had been contenting
I would content
you would content
he/she/it would content
we would content
you would content
they would content
Past Conditional
I would have contented
you would have contented
he/she/it would have contented
we would have contented
you would have contented
they would have contented
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.content - everything that is included in a collection and that is held or included in somethingcontent - everything that is included in a collection and that is held or included in something; "he emptied the contents of his pockets"; "the two groups were similar in content"
aggregation, collection, accumulation, assemblage - several things grouped together or considered as a whole
2.content - what a communication that is about something is about
communication - something that is communicated by or to or between people or groups
body - the central message of a communication; "the body of the message was short"
corker - (dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person; "that story was a corker"
reminder - a message that helps you remember something; "he ignored his wife's reminders"
petition, request, postulation - a formal message requesting something that is submitted to an authority
memorial - a written statement of facts submitted in conjunction with a petition to an authority
latent content - (psychoanalysis) hidden meaning of a fantasy or dream
subject, theme, topic - the subject matter of a conversation or discussion; "he didn't want to discuss that subject"; "it was a very sensitive topic"; "his letters were always on the theme of love"
digression, divagation, excursus, parenthesis, aside - a message that departs from the main subject
meaning, signification, import, significance - the message that is intended or expressed or signified; "what is the meaning of this sentence"; "the significance of a red traffic light"; "the signification of Chinese characters"; "the import of his announcement was ambiguous"
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
drivel, garbage - a worthless message
acknowledgement, acknowledgment - a statement acknowledging something or someone; "she must have seen him but she gave no sign of acknowledgment"; "the preface contained an acknowledgment of those who had helped her"
refusal - a message refusing to accept something that is offered
info, information - a message received and understood
counseling, counselling, guidance, counsel, direction - something that provides direction or advice as to a decision or course of action
dedication, commitment - a message that makes a pledge
commendation, approval - a message expressing a favorable opinion; "words of approval seldom passed his lips"
disapproval - the expression of disapproval
respects - (often used with `pay') a formal expression of esteem; "he paid his respects to the mayor"
discourtesy, disrespect - an expression of lack of respect
insertion, interpolation - a message (spoken or written) that is introduced or inserted; "with the help of his friend's interpolations his story was eventually told"; "with many insertions in the margins"
statement - a message that is stated or declared; a communication (oral or written) setting forth particulars or facts etc; "according to his statement he was in London on that day"
statement - a nonverbal message; "a Cadillac makes a statement about who you are"; "his tantrums are a statement of his need for attention"
humor, wit, witticism, wittiness, humour - a message whose ingenuity or verbal skill or incongruity has the power to evoke laughter
opinion, view - a message expressing a belief about something; the expression of a belief that is held with confidence but not substantiated by positive knowledge or proof; "his opinions appeared frequently on the editorial page"
instruction, direction - a message describing how something is to be done; "he gave directions faster than she could follow them"
proposal - something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)
offering, offer - something offered (as a proposal or bid); "noteworthy new offerings for investors included several index funds"
submission, entry - something (manuscripts or architectural plans and models or estimates or works of art of all genres etc.) submitted for the judgment of others (as in a competition); "several of his submissions were rejected by publishers"; "what was the date of submission of your proposal?"
narration, narrative, story, tale - a message that tells the particulars of an act or occurrence or course of events; presented in writing or drama or cinema or as a radio or television program; "his narrative was interesting"; "Disney's stories entertain adults as well as children"
promotion, promotional material, publicity, packaging - a message issued in behalf of some product or cause or idea or person or institution; "the packaging of new ideas"
sensationalism - subject matter that is calculated to excite and please vulgar tastes
shocker - a sensational message (in a film or play or novel)
3.content - the proportion of a substance that is contained in a mixture or alloy etc.
proportion - the quotient obtained when the magnitude of a part is divided by the magnitude of the whole
4.content - the amount that can be contained; "the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"
volume - the amount of 3-dimensional space occupied by an object; "the gas expanded to twice its original volume"
vital capacity - the maximum amount of air that can be exhaled after a maximum inhalation (usually tested with a spirometer); used to determine the condition of lung tissue
5.content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learnedcontent - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
cognition, knowledge, noesis - the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning
tradition - an inherited pattern of thought or action
object - the focus of cognitions or feelings; "objects of thought"; "the object of my affection"
food for thought, intellectual nourishment, food - anything that provides mental stimulus for thinking
noumenon, thing-in-itself - the intellectual conception of a thing as it is in itself, not as it is known through perception
universe of discourse, universe - everything stated or assumed in a given discussion
matter, topic, issue, subject - some situation or event that is thought about; "he kept drifting off the topic"; "he had been thinking about the subject for several years"; "it is a matter for the police"
issue - an important question that is in dispute and must be settled; "the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone"; "politicians never discuss the real issues"
idea, thought - the content of cognition; the main thing you are thinking about; "it was not a good idea"; "the thought never entered my mind"
essence, heart and soul, inwardness, nitty-gritty, pith, substance, gist, kernel, nub, meat, core, sum, marrow, heart, center, centre - the choicest or most essential or most vital part of some idea or experience; "the gist of the prosecutor's argument"; "the heart and soul of the Republican Party"; "the nub of the story"
wisdom - accumulated knowledge or erudition or enlightenment
internal representation, mental representation, representation - a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
belief - any cognitive content held as true
unbelief, disbelief - a rejection of belief
heresy, unorthodoxy - a belief that rejects the orthodox tenets of a religion
goal, end - the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it; "the ends justify the means"
education - knowledge acquired by learning and instruction; "it was clear that he had a very broad education"
experience - the content of direct observation or participation in an event; "he had a religious experience"; "he recalled the experience vividly"
acculturation, culture - all the knowledge and values shared by a society
lore, traditional knowledge - knowledge gained through tradition or anecdote; "early peoples passed on plant and animal lore through legend"
ignorance - the lack of knowledge or education
knowledge base, knowledge domain, domain - the content of a particular field of knowledge
metaknowledge - knowledge about knowledge
6.content - the state of being contented with your situation in life; "he relaxed in sleepy contentedness"; "they could read to their heart's content"
acceptance - the state of being acceptable and accepted; "torn jeans received no acceptance at the country club"
7.content - something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation; "a moving picture of a train is more dramatic than a still picture of the same subject"
thing - a separate and self-contained entity
scene, view - graphic art consisting of the graphic or photographic representation of a visual percept; "he painted scenes from everyday life"; "figure 2 shows photographic and schematic views of the equipment"
Verb1.content - satisfy in a limited way; "He contented himself with one glass of beer per day"
circumscribe, confine, limit - restrict or confine, "I limit you to two visits to the pub a day"
2.content - make content; "I am contented"
gratify, satisfy - make happy or satisfied
discontent - make dissatisfied
Adj.1.content - satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are; "a contented smile"
happy - enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure; "a happy smile"; "spent many happy days on the beach"; "a happy marriage"
pleased - experiencing or manifesting pleasure
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1. subject matter, ideas, matter, material, theme, text, substance, essence, gist She is reluctant to discuss the content of the play.
2. amount, measure, size, load, volume, capacity Sunflower margarine has the same fat content as butter.
plural noun
1. constituents, elements, load, ingredients Empty the contents of the pan into the sieve.
2. subjects, chapters, themes, topics, subject matter, divisions There is no initial list of contents at the start of the book.


1. satisfied, happy, pleased, contented, comfortable, fulfilled, at ease, gratified, agreeable, willing to accept I'm perfectly content with the way the campaign has gone.
1. satisfaction, peace, ease, pleasure, comfort, peace of mind, gratification, contentment Once he'd retired, he could potter about the garden to his heart's content.
content yourself with something satisfy yourself with, be happy with, be satisfied with, be content with He had to content himself with the knowledge that he had been right.
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Having achieved satisfaction, as of one's goal:
To grant or have what is demanded by (a need or desire):
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راضٍرِضى، سُرور، إقْتِناعمُحْتَوًىمُحتَوىمُحْتَوى، مَضْمون
obsahspokojenýspokojit sespokojenost
indholdtilfredstilfreds medtilfredshed
ánægîur, ásátturánægjagera sig ánægîan meîinnihald
apmierinātapmierinātībaapmierinātiesapmierinātspēc sirds patikas
nội dungvui vẻ


1 [kənˈtent]
1. (= happy) → contento (with con) to be contentestar contento
he is content to watchse conforma or se contenta con mirar
2. (= satisfied) → satisfecho (with con)
B. N (= happiness) → contento m; (= satisfaction) → satisfacción f
to one's heart's contenthasta hartarse, a más no poder
you can complain to your heart's contentprotesta cuanto quieras
C. VT (= make happy) → contentar; (= satisfy) → satisfacer
to content o.s. with sth/with doing sthcontentarse or darse por contento con algo/con hacer algo


2 [ˈkɒntent] N
1. contents [of box, packet etc] → contenido msing; [of book] → índice msing (de materias)
2. (= subject matter, amount) → contenido m
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(= happy) → content(e), satisfait(e)
to be content with (= make do with) → se contenter de
She is not content with these explanations → Ces explications ne lui suffisent pas.
to be content to do sth (= prepared) → être disposé(e) à faire qch
vt [+ person] → contenter, satisfaire
to content o.s. with sth → se contenter de qch
to content o.s. with doing sth → se contenter de faire qch
[ˈkɒntɛnt] n
[play, programme] → contenu m
[food] → teneur f
vitamin content → teneur en vitamines contents
[bottle, box, packet] → contenu m
[letter, speech, document] → contenu m
(also table of contents) → table f des matières
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adj predzufrieden (with mit); to be/feel contentzufrieden sein; she’s quite content to stay at homesie bleibt ganz gern zu Hause
vt personzufriedenstellen; to content oneself withsich zufriedengeben or begnügen or abfinden mit; to content oneself with doing somethingsich damit zufriedengeben or begnügen or abfinden, etw zu tun


contents pl (of room, one’s pocket, book etc)Inhalt m; (table of) contentsInhaltsverzeichnis nt
no pl (= substance, component)Gehalt m; (of speech, book etc also)Inhalt m; gold/vitamin contentGold-/Vitamingehalt m
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1 [kənˈtɛnt]
1. adj content (with)contento/a or soddisfatto/a (di)
to be content to do sth → essere contento/a di fare qc
2. ncontentezza
to one's heart's content → quanto si ha voglia
to eat and drink to one's heart content → mangiare e bere a sazietà
3. vtfare contento/a, soddisfare, contentare
to content o.s. with sth/with doing sth → accontentarsi di qc/di fare qc


2 [ˈkɒntɛnt] ncontenuto contents npl (of box, case) → contenuto
(table of) contents (of book) → indice m
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(kənˈtent) adjective
satisfied; quietly happy. He doesn't want more money – he's content with what he has.
the state of being satisfied or quietly happy. You're on holiday – you can lie in the sun to your heart's content.
to satisfy. As the TV's broken, you'll have to content yourself with listening to the radio.
conˈtented adjective
satisfied; quietly happy. a contented sigh.
conˈtentedly adverb
conˈtentment noun


(ˈkontent) noun
1. the subject matter (of a book, speech etc). the content of his speech.
2. the amount of something contained. Oranges have a high vitamin C content.
ˈcontents noun plural
1. the things contained in something. He drank the contents of the bottle.
2. a list of the things contained especially in a book. Look up the contents at the beginning of the book.
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راضٍ, مُحْتَوًى obsah, spokojený indhold, tilfreds glücklich, Inhalt περιεχόμενο, σωστός contenido, contento sisältö, tyytyväinen content, satisfait sadržaj, zadovoljan contento, contenuto 中身, 幸せな 내용, 만족하는 inhoud, tevreden innhold, tilfreds zadowolony, zawartość contente, conteúdo, feliz довольный, содержание glad, innehåll เนื้อหา, พอใจ içerik, memnun nội dung, vui vẻ 内容, 满意的
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n. contenido.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012


n (frec. pl) contenido
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References in classic literature ?
'consciousness' exist?"* In this essay he explains how what used to be the soul has gradually been refined down to the "transcendental ego," which, he says, "attenuates itself to a thoroughly ghostly condition, being only a name for the fact that the 'content' of experience IS KNOWN.
In the first case, if inevitability were possible without freedom we should have reached a definition of inevitability by the laws of inevitability itself, that is, a mere form without content.
Since we cannot hope for reward, let us be content with what we have."
The term refers also to content, as in the case of a vessel and wheat, or of a jar and wine; a jar is said to 'have' wine, and a corn-measure wheat.
It was unsatisfactory, and I could not imagine that she would be content with me; I was not content with myself.
The greatest in life are those who are content to wait!"
The reader must, therefore, content himself with the most remarkable incidents, and perhaps he may very well excuse the rest.
But he was content that imagination should work, for out of it might come some solution of the mystery which surrounded him.
My father, at any rate, had such a decided bent in the direction of literature, that he was not content in any of his several economical experiments till he became the editor of a newspaper, which was then the sole means of satisfying a literary passion.
Its owner lit it again, and said: "Boast no more, but henceforth be content to give thy light in silence.
Contented, unambitious people are all very well in their way.
You wish the contents of the pouch I wear about my waist, and I wish my life and my liberty even more than I do the jewels.