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Dictionary Definition

content adj : satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are; "a contented smile" [syn: contented] [ant: discontented]


1 everything that is included in a collection; "he emptied the contents of his pockets"; "the two groups were similar in content"
2 what a communication that is about something is about [syn: message, subject matter, substance]
3 the proportion of a substance that is contained in a mixture or alloy etc.
4 the amount that can be contained; "the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons" [syn: capacity]
5 the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned [syn: cognitive content, mental object]
6 the state of being contented with your situation in life; "he relaxed in sleepy contentedness"; "they could read to their heart's content" [syn: contentedness]
7 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" [syn: subject, depicted object]


1 satisfy in a limited way; "He contented himself with one glass of beer per day"
2 make content; "I am contented" [ant: discontent]

User Contributed Dictionary


Etymology 1


  • AHD: kŏn'tĕnt
  • IPA: /'kɒntɛnt/ (RP), /'kɑntɛnt/ (US)
  • SAMPA: /"kQntEnt/ (RP), /"kAntEnt/ (US)


  1. That which is contained.
  2. Published information and experiences such as many novels, movies, music, game, webpages, presentations, organized data, etc.
  3. 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).
  4. See also contents
that which is contained
published information
mathematics: space contained by a polytope

Etymology 2



  1. In the context of "used only as a copula with be": Satisfied; in a state of satisfaction.
Related terms


  1. To satisfy.
    You can't have any more - you'll have to content yourself with what you already have.



  • IPA: /kɔ̃.tɑ̃/ m singular and plural, /kɔ̃.tɑ̃t/ f singular and plural



From contentus.


  1. Form of conter'

Extensive Definition

Content or Contents may refer to:
Content may also refer to:
  • Curriculum, material to be learned as opposed to the teaching methods used
  • Volume, when generalized to arbitrarily many dimensions in mathematics and physics
content in German: Nachschlagen
content in Korean: 콘텐츠
content in Dutch: Content
content in Japanese: コンテンツ
content in Simple English: Content
content in Slovak: Obsah

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acceptance, accepting, accommodation, accordant, achieve inner harmony, acquiescent, acquiescing, affirmative, agreeable, agreed, agreeing, alacritous, amenable, amusement, animal pleasure, appease, approving, ardent, assentatious, assenting, at ease, bewitch, bodily pleasure, burden, capacity, captivate, carnal delight, census, charm, charmed, cheer, cheerful, comfort, comfortable, compliable, compliant, components, composed, composition, composure, conceding, concessive, consentient, consenting, constituents, contented, contentedness, contentment, contents, cooperative, cordage, coziness, cozy, creature comforts, delight, delighted, disposed, divisions, docile, eager, ease, easy, easygoing, elements, endorsing, endpleasure, enjoyment, enrapture, entertainment, enthusiastic, entire satisfaction, essence, eupeptic, euphoria, euphoric, exhilarated, fain, favorable, favorably disposed, favorably impressed with, favorably inclined, felicity, forepleasure, forward, fruition, fulfilled, fulfillment, fun, game, glad, gladden, gladsome, gratification, gratified, gratify, great satisfaction, gusto, guts, happiness, happy, hearty enjoyment, import, in clover, in the mind, in the mood, inclined, index, ingredients, innards, insides, intellectual pleasure, intrigued, inventory, items, joie de vivre, keen pleasure, kicks, limit, list, load, luxury, measure, minded, nothing loath, of good comfort, part, parts, peace, peace of mind, peacefulness, permissive, physical pleasure, please, pleased, pleased as Punch, pleased with, pleasure, pliant, poundage, predisposed, prompt, prone, purport, put at ease, quantity, quick, quiet pleasure, ratifying, ready, ready and willing, receptive, reconciled, reconcilement, reconciliation, relish, resignation, resigned, responsive, room, sanctioning, sans souci, satisfaction, satisfied, satisfy, self-gratification, self-indulgence, sensual pleasure, sensuous pleasure, serenity, set at ease, sexual pleasure, significance, size, sold on, soothe, space, stowage, submissive, substance, sweetness of life, taken with, text, theme, thesis, thrill, thrilled, tickle, tickled, tickled pink, tickled to death, titillation, tonnage, topic, tractable, tranquillity, uncomplaining, ungrudging, unloath, unrefusing, unreluctant, unrepining, volume, voluptuousness, well-being, well-disposed, well-inclined, whole, willed, willing, willinghearted, without care, zealous, zest
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