Advertisement

content (v.)

early 15c., "to rest or be satisfied; to give satisfaction to," from Old French contenter (from content (adj.) "satisfied") and Medieval Latin contentare, both from Latin contentus "contained; satisfied," past participle of continere "to hold together, enclose," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + tenere "to hold" (from PIE root *ten- "to stretch").

Sense connection of "contained" and "satisfied" probably is that the contented person's desires are bound by what he or she already has. Related: Contented; contenting.

content (adj.)

c. 1400, literally "held or contained within limits," hence "having the desire limited to present enjoyments," from Old French content, "satisfied," from Latin contentus "contained, satisfied," past participle of continere "to hold together, enclose," from assimilated form of com "with, together" (see con-) + tenere "to hold" (from PIE root *ten- "to stretch"). Related: Contently (largely superseded by contentedly).

content (n.1)

"state of mind which results from satisfaction with present circumstances," 1570s, from content (adj.). Phrase heart's content is from 1590s (Shakespeare).

content (n.2)

"that which is contained;" see contents.

Others are reading

Advertisement
Advertisement
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