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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin contentus (satisfied, content), past participle of continere (to hold in, contain); see contain.

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Noun[edit]

content (countable and uncountable, plural contents)

  1. (uncountable) That which is contained.
    • 2013 June 21, Oliver Burkeman, “The tao of tech”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 2, page 27: 
      The dirty secret of the internet is that all this distraction and interruption is immensely profitable. Web companies like to boast about "creating compelling content", or [] and so on. But the real way to build a successful online business is to be better than your rivals at undermining people's control of their own attention.
  2. Subject matter; substance.
    • Grew
      I shall prove these writings [] authentic, and the contents true, and worthy of a divine original.
  3. The amount of material contained; contents.
  4. Capacity for holding.
  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).
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French content, from Latin contentus (satisfied, content), past participle of continere (to hold in, contain); see contain.

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Adjective[edit]

content (comparative more content, superlative most content)

  1. Satisfied; in a state of satisfaction.
    • 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter 1, The Purchase Price:
      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.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Old French contente (content, contentment), from contenter; see content as a verb.

Noun[edit]

content (plural contents)

  1. Satisfaction; contentment
    They were in a state of sleepy content after supper.
    • Shakespeare
      Such is the fullness of my heart's content.
  2. (obsolete) acquiescence without examination
    • Alexander Pope
      The sense they humbly take upon content.
  3. That which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy.
    • Shakespeare
      So will I in England work your grace's full content.
  4. (UK, House of Lords) An expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmate vote.
  5. (UK, House of Lords) A member who votes in assent.
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Etymology 4[edit]

From Old French contenter, from Medieval Latin contentare (to satisfy), from Latin contentus (satisfied, content); see content as an adjective.

Verb[edit]

content (third-person singular simple present contents, present participle contenting, simple past and past participle contented)

  1. (transitive) To give contentment or satisfaction; to satisfy; to gratify; to appease.
    You can't have any more - you'll have to content yourself with what you already have.
    • Bible, Mark xv. 15
      Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them.
    • I. Watts
      Do not content yourselves with obscure and confused ideas, where clearer are to be attained.
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To satisfy the expectations of; to pay; to requite.
    • Shakespeare
      Come the next Sabbath, and I will content you.
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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin contentus.

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Adjective[edit]

content m (feminine contente, masculine plural contents, feminine plural contentes)

  1. content, satisfied, pleased

Verb[edit]

content

  1. third-person plural present indicative of conter
  2. third-person plural present subjunctive of conter

Jèrriais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin contentus (having been held together, contained), from contineō, continēre (hold or keep together, surround, contain).

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content m (feminine contente, masculine plural contents, feminine plural contentes)

  1. happy

Middle French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

content m (feminine singular contente, masculine plural contens, feminine plural contentes)

  1. happy; satisfied; content