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Etymology 1Edit

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

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content (countable and uncountable, plural contents)

  1. (uncountable) That which is contained.
    • 2013 June 21, Oliver Burkeman, “The tao of tech”, in 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; that which is contained in writing or speech.
    • 1841, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge Chapter 21
      Hugh admitting that he never had, and moreover that he couldn’t read, Mrs Varden declared with much severity, that he ought to he even more ashamed of himself than before, and strongly recommended him to save up his pocket-money for the purchase of one, and further to teach himself the contents with all convenient diligence.
  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 2Edit

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

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content (comparative more content or contenter, superlative most content)

  1. Satisfied about a particular circumstance; thus, in a state of satisfaction.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterI:
      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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content

  1. (archaic) Alright, agreed.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 1, Act , Scene ,[1]
      KING. [] Away, my masters! trouble us no more;
      But join in friendship, as your lords have done.
      FIRST SERVING-MAN. Content: I’ll to the surgeon’s.
    • 1595, George Peele, The Old Wives’ Tale, The Malone Society Reprints, 1908, lines 132-135,[2]
      OLD WOMAN. Nowe this bargaine my Masters must I make with you, that you will say hum & ha to my tale, so shall I know you are awake.
      BOTH. Content Gammer that will we doo.

Etymology 3Edit

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

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NounEdit

content (plural contents)

  1. Satisfaction; contentment.
    They were in a state of sleepy content after supper.
    • 2008, Mingmei Yip, Peach Blossom Pavilion
      Like an empress, I feel great content surrounded by the familiar sounds of laughter, bickering, rattling plates, clicking chopsticks, smacking lips, and noisy sipping of the longevity brew.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2: Act 1, Scene 1
      Such is the fullness of my heart's content.
    • 1946, C.L. Moore, Vintage Season
      Kleph moved slowly from the door and sank upon the chaise longue with a little sigh of content.
  2. (obsolete) acquiescence without examination.
    • 1711, Alexander Pope, An Essay on Criticism
      The sense they humbly take upon content.
  3. That which contents or satisfies; that which if attained would make one happy.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2: Act 1, Scene 1
      So will I in England work your grace's full content.
  4. (Britain, House of Lords) An expression of assent to a bill or motion; an affirmate vote.
  5. (Britain, House of Lords) A member who votes in assent.
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Etymology 4Edit

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

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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 make happy.
    You can't have any more - you'll have to content yourself with what you already have.
    • 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Mark 15:15,[3]
      And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.
    • 1741, Isaac Watts, The Improvement of the Mind, London: James Brackstone, Part I, Chapter 14, p. 194,[4]
      Do not content yourselves with meer Words and Names, lest your laboured Improvements only amass a heap of unintelligible Phrases, and you feed upon Husks instead of Kernels.
    • 2016, Felicity Cloake, “How to make the perfect cacio e pepe,” The Guardian, 3 November, 2016,[5]
      Caz Hildebrand and Jacob Kenedy recommend rigatoni in the Geometry of Pasta, and Christopher Boswell, the chef behind the Rome Sustainable Food project, prefers wholemeal paccheri or rigatoni in his book Pasta, on the basis that “the flavour of the whole grain is strong enough to stand up to the sharp and salty sheep’s milk cheese” (as I can find neither easily, I have to content myself with brown penne instead).
  2. (transitive, obsolete) To satisfy the expectations of; to pay; to requite.
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content (feminine contenta, masculine plural contents, feminine plural contentes)

  1. content, satisfied, pleased

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle French content, from Old French, a borrowing from Latin contentus.

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

  1. content, satisfied, pleased

Etymology 2Edit

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content

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

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Middle FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old French content, a borrowing from Latin contentus.

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

  1. happy; satisfied; content

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EtymologyEdit

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

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content m

  1. (Jersey) happy