What does content mean?

Definitions for content
ˈkɒn tɛntcon·tent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. contentnoun

    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"

  2. message, content, subject matter, substancenoun

    what a communication that is about something is about

  3. contentnoun

    the proportion of a substance that is contained in a mixture or alloy etc.

  4. capacity, contentnoun

    the amount that can be contained

    "the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"

  5. content, cognitive content, mental objectnoun

    the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned

  6. contentedness, contentnoun

    the state of being contented with your situation in life

    "he relaxed in sleepy contentedness"; "they could read to their heart's content"

  7. subject, content, depicted objectadjective

    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"

  8. contented, contentverb

    satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are

    "a contented smile"

  9. contentverb

    satisfy in a limited way

    "He contented himself with one glass of beer per day"

  10. contentverb

    make content

    "I am contented"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CONTENTadjective

    Etymology: contentus, Latin.

    Born to the spacious empire of the Nine,
    One wou’d have thought she shou’d have been content,
    To manage well that mighty government. Dryden.

    Who is content, is happy. John Locke.

    A man is perfectly content with the state he is in, when he is perfectly without any uneasiness. John Locke.

    Foe to loud praise, and friend to learned ease,
    Content with science in the vale of peace. Alexander Pope, Epistles.

    Submit you to the people’s voices,
    Allow their officers, and be content
    To suffer lawful censure. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

  2. Contentnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Nought’s had, all’s spent,
    Where our desire is got without content. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    One thought content the good to be enjoy’d;
    This every little accident destroy’d. Dryden.

    A wise content his even soul secur’d;
    By want not shaken, nor by wealth allur’d. Edmund Smith, on Philips.

    Others for language all their care express,
    And value books, as women men, for dress:
    Their praise is still —— the style is excellent;
    The sense they humbly take upon content. Alexander Pope, Epistles.

    Though my heart’s content firm love doth bear,
    Nothing of that shall from mine eyes appear. William Shakespeare.

    Scarcely any thing can be certainly determined of the particular contents of any single mass of ore by mere inspection. John Woodward, Natural History, p. iv.

    These experiments are made on the blood of healthy animals: in a lax and weak habit such a serum might afford other contents. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    This island had then fifteen hundred strong ships, of great content. Francis Bacon.

    It were good to know the geometrical content, figure, and situation of all the lands of a kingdom, according to natural bounds. John Graunt, Bills of Mortality.

    I have a letter from her
    Of such contents, as you will wonder at. William Shakespeare.

    I shall prove these writings not counterfeits, but authentick, and the contents true, and worthy of a divine original. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol. b. iv. c. 1. s. 1.

    The contents of both books come before those of the first book, in the thread of the story. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 267.

  3. To Contentverb

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Content thyself with this much, and let this satisfy thee, that I love thee. Philip Sidney.

    It doth much content me
    To hear him so inclin’d. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    If a man so temper his actions, as in some one of them he doth content every faction, the musick of praise will be fuller. Francis Bacon.

    Great minds do sometimes content themselves to threaten, when they could destroy. John Tillotson, Preface.

    Do not content yourselves with obscure and confused ideas, where clearer are to be attained. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Is the adder better than the eel,
    Because his painted skin contents the eye? William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Contentadjective

    contained within limits; hence, having the desires limited by that which one has; not disposed to repine or grumble; satisfied; contented; at rest

  2. Contentnoun

    that which is contained; the thing or things held by a receptacle or included within specified limits; as, the contents of a cask or bale or of a room; the contents of a book

  3. Contentnoun

    power of containing; capacity; extent; size

  4. Contentnoun

    area or quantity of space or matter contained within certain limits; as, solid contents; superficial contents

  5. Contentadjective

    to satisfy the desires of; to make easy in any situation; to appease or quiet; to gratify; to please

  6. Contentadjective

    to satisfy the expectations of; to pay; to requite

  7. Contentnoun

    rest or quietness of the mind in one's present condition; freedom from discontent; satisfaction; contentment; moderate happiness

  8. Contentnoun

    acquiescence without examination

  9. Contentnoun

    that which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy

  10. Contentnoun

    an expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmative vote; also, a member who votes "Content."

  11. Etymology: [F. content, fr. L. contentus, p. p. of contenire to hold together, restrain. See Contain.]


  1. Content

    In media production and publishing, content is information and experiences that may provide value for an end-user/audience in specific contexts. Content may be delivered via any medium such as the internet, television, and audio CDs, as well as live events such as conferences and stage performances. The word is used to identify and quantify various formats and genres of information as manageable value-adding components of useful media to the target audience.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Content

    kon-tent′, or kon′tent, n. that which is contained: the capacity or extent of anything: the substance: (pl.) the things contained: the list of subjects treated of in a book. [See Contain.]

  2. Content

    kon-tent′, adj. having the desires limited by present enjoyment: satisfied.—n. satisfaction—often 'heart's content.'—interj. = I am content, agreed!—the formula of assent in the House of Lords.—v.t. to make content: to satisfy the mind: to make quiet: to please.—n. Contentā′tion (obs.).—adj. Content′ed, content.—adv. Content′edly.—ns. Content′edness, Content′ment.—adj. Content′less, without content: discontented. [Fr.,—L. contentus, contained, hence satisfied—con, and tenēre, to hold.]

Editors Contribution

  1. content

    Grateful for life, family and the love we have.

    We are content with being loved as human beings and our basic human rights, family and friends and work and sense of purpose.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020  

  2. content

    Specific detail or data.

    The course content was simple and easy to understand.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'content' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2262

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'content' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3846

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'content' in Nouns Frequency: #625

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'content' in Adjectives Frequency: #745

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of content in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of content in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of content in a Sentence

  1. Chase LeBlanc:

    Leaders and managers please bake your content cake with context chocolate – it looks better & goes down easier...

  2. Peter Anspach:

    The demand for live, new content hasn't really gone anywhere, in terms of what people want to see, maybe they're not going out to a show, but we still found the demand for people watching new never-before-seen sets from the living room is just as big as a show.

  3. Yang Xianghua:

    With the current environment and China's relationship with the U.S., this partnership is not very sustainable, there is a quota on how much content you can import and they are subject to censorship, so can only take it step by step.

  4. Tim Cook:

    The vast majority of our products are kind of made everywhere, there is a significant level of content in the United States, and a lot from Japan to Korea to China, and the European Union also contributes a fair amount. ... I think that will carry the day in the future as well.

  5. Jessica Ennis-Hill:

    I'm really happy, I'm content with life and enjoying athletics and enjoying my personal life, it's scary because it( Rio) is not far away and I just want to do the best I can possibly do and it will be my last Olympics -- fingers crossed I can get there -- so I just want to enjoy it and make the most of it.

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