con|tent1 W2S2 [ˈkɔntent US ˈka:n-] n
1.) contents [plural]
a) the things that are inside a box, bag, room etc
contents of
The customs official rummaged through the contents of his briefcase.
Most of the gallery's contents were damaged in the fire.
contents insurance
(=insurance for things such as furniture that you have in your house)
b) the things that are written in a letter, book etc
contents of
She kept the contents of the letter a secret.
The program automatically creates a table of contents (=a list at the beginning of a document that shows the different parts into which it is divided) .
He cast his eye down the contents page .
2.) [singular]
the amount of a substance that is contained in something, especially food or drink
fat/protein/alcohol etc content
the fat content of cheese
water with a low salt content
3.) [singular, U]
the ideas, facts, or opinions that are contained in a speech, piece of writing, film, programme etc
The content of the media course includes scripting, editing and camera work.
4.) [singular, U]
the information contained in a website, considered separately from the software that makes the website work
The graphics are brilliant. It's just a shame the content is so poor.
content 2
con|tent2 W3 [kənˈtent] adj [not before noun]
[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: Latin contentus; CONTENT2]
1.) happy and satisfied
Andy was a good husband, and Nicky was clearly very content.
content with
We'll be content with a respectable result in tomorrow's match.
2.) content (for sb) to do sth
willing to do or accept something, rather than doing more
She sat quietly, content to watch him working.
He seemed quite content to let Steve do the talking.
Dr Belson had been more than content for them to deal with any difficulties.
3.) not content with sth
used to emphasize that someone wants or does more than something
Not content with her new car, Selina now wants a bike for trips into the city centre.
content 3
content3 n [U]
1.) literary a feeling of quiet happiness and satisfaction
2.) do sth to your heart's content
to do something as much as you want
She took refuge in the library, where she could read to her heart's content.
content 4
content4 v [T]
1.) content yourself with (doing) sth
to do or have something that is not what you really wanted, but is still satisfactory
Mr Lal has been asking for more responsibility, but has had to content himself with a minor managerial post.
2.) formal to make someone feel happy and satisfied
I was no longer satisfied with the life that had hitherto contented me.

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  • content — content, ente [ kɔ̃tɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • fin XIIIe; lat. contentus, de continere → contenir ♦ Satisfait. 1 ♦ Content de qqch. Vx Comblé, qui n a plus besoin d autre chose. « Qui vit content de rien possède toute chose » (Boileau). Subst. m. (fin XVe) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • content — content, ente (kon tan, tan t ) adj. 1°   Qui se contente de, qui s accommode de, se borne à. Content de peu. •   Le sage y vit en paix [sous l humble toit] et méprise le reste ; Content de ses douceurs, errant parmi les bois, Il regarde à ses… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • content — CONTENT, ENTE. adj. Celui, celle qui a l esprit satisfait. Un homme content. Il est content de sa condition, de sa fortune, de ses biens. Il est content de peu de choses. Elle est contente de tout. Il vit content. Il a le coeur content. Il ne… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • content — CONTENT, [cont]ente. adj. Qui est satisfait, qui a ce qu il desire. Un homme content. un esprit content. il est content de sa condition, de sa fortune, de ses biens. il est content de peu de chose. il vit content. il a le coeur content. il mene… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • content — Content, AEquus, Contentus. Estre content de ce qu on a, Continere se finibus rerum suarum. Estre content, Magnitudinem animi adhibere rei alicui. Estre content de perdre du sien, Concedere de iure suo. Je suis, ou J en suis content, Per me licet …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Content — or contents may refer to: Contentment, a state of being Content (algebra), the highest common factor of a polynomial s coefficients Content (measure theory), an additive real function defined on a field of sets Content (media), published… …   Wikipedia

  • content — con‧tent [ˈkɒntent ǁ ˈkɑːn ] noun 1. contents [plural] the things that are inside a bag, box, room etc: • The contents of the suitcase were seized by the police. 2. contents [plural] the things that are written in a letter, document, book etc: •… …   Financial and business terms

  • content — 1. Content is pronounced with stress on the second syllable as a verb (see 2), adjective, and noun (meaning ‘a contented state’: see 3), and on the first syllable as a noun (meaning ‘what is contained’: see 4). 2. Content oneself with (not by) is …   Modern English usage

  • Content 2.0 — is a technology that turns a static (content rich) web page on a web site into an interactive web page. This ability to interact with the web pages means that visitors to a Content 2.0 enabled web site can comment on the content that s on the… …   Wikipedia

  • content — Ⅰ. content [1] ► ADJECTIVE ▪ in a state of peaceful happiness or satisfaction. ► VERB 1) satisfy; please. 2) (content oneself with) accept (something) as adequate despite wanting something more or better. ► NOUN …   English terms dictionary

  • Content — Con*tent , n. 1. Rest or quietness of the mind in one s present condition; freedom from discontent; satisfaction; contentment; moderate happiness. [1913 Webster] Such is the fullness of my heart s content. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Acquiescence… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English