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content (v.)

15世纪初, “安于或满足; 给予满足”, 来自古法语 contenter (来自 content (adj.) “满足” )和中世纪拉丁语 contentare, 都来自拉丁语 contentus “包含; 满足”, continere 的过去分词“合拢, 包围”, 来自 com “与, 一起” 的同化形式(见 con-) + tenere “持有” (来自PIE根 *ten- “伸展” ).

“包含” 和“满足” 的意义联系大概是:满足者的欲望被他或她已经拥有的东西所束缚. 相关链接: Contented; contenting.

content (adj.)

15世纪, 字面意思是“在限定范围内持有或包含”, 因此“将欲望限制在目前的享受范围内”, 来自古法语 content, “满意”, 来自拉丁语 contentus “包含, 满意”, continere 的过去分词“一起持有, 包围”, 来自 com “一起, 一起” (见 con-) + tenere “持有” (来自PIE根 *ten- “伸展” )的同化形式. 相关链接: Contently (基本被 contentedly 取代).

content (n.1)

“对目前环境感到满意而产生的心境”, 1570年代, 出自 content (副词). 短语 heart's content, 出自1590年代(莎士比亚).

content (n.2)

“所包含的东西;” 见 contents.

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Definitions of content from WordNet
1
content (n.)
(usually plural) 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
Synonyms: contents
content (n.)
what a communication that is about something is about;
Synonyms: message / subject matter / substance
content (n.)
the proportion of a substance that is contained in a mixture or alloy etc.;
content (n.)
the amount that can be contained;
Synonyms: capacity
content (n.)
the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned;
Synonyms: cognitive content / mental object
content (n.)
the state of being contented with your situation in life;
they could read to their heart's content
Synonyms: contentedness
content (n.)
something (a person or object or scene) selected by an artist or photographer for graphic representation;
Synonyms: subject / depicted object
2
content (v.)
satisfy in a limited way;
He contented himself with one glass of beer per day
content (v.)
make content;
I am contented
3
content (adj.)
satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are;
a contented smile
Synonyms: contented
From wordnet.princeton.edu