- Desiring no more than what one has; satisfied.
- Ready to accept or acquiesce; willing: She was content to step down after four years as chief executive.
transitive verbcon·tent·ed, con·tent·ing, con·tents
To make content or satisfied: contented himself with one piece of cake.
Origin of content
Middle English from
Old French from
Latin contentus past participle of continēre to restrain
; see contain
(countable and uncountable, plural contents)
- (uncountable) That which is contained.
- Subject matter; substance.
- The amount of material contained; contents.
- Capacity for holding.
- (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).
From Latin contentus (“satisfied, content”), past participle of continere (“to hold in, contain”); see contain.
(comparative more content, superlative most content)
- Satisfied; in a state of satisfaction.
From Middle English, from Old French content, from Latin contentus (“satisfied, content”), past participle of continere (“to hold in, contain”); see contain.
- Satisfaction; contentment
- They were in a state of sleepy content after supper.
- That which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy.
- (UK, House of Lords) An expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmate vote.
- (UK, House of Lords) A member who votes in assent.
From Old French contente (“content, contentment”), from contenter; see content as a verb.
(third-person singular simple present contents, present participle contenting, simple past and past participle contented)
- 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.
From Old French contenter, from Medieval Latin contentare (“to satisfy”), from Latin contentus (“satisfied, content”); see content as an adjective.