I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin contentus, from past participle of continēre to hold in, contain — more at contain Date: 15th century contented, satisfied <
was content with her life as it was
II. transitive verb Date: 15th century 1. to appease the desires of 2. to limit (oneself) in requirements, desires, or actions III. noun Date: 1579 contentment <
ate to his heart's content
IV. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin contentus, past participle of continēre to contain Date: 15th century 1. a. something contained — usually used in plural <
the jar's contents
the drawer's contents
b. the topics or matter treated in a written work <
table of contents
c. the principal substance (as written matter, illustrations, or music) offered by a World Wide Web site <
Internet users have evolved an ethos of free content in the Internet — Ben Gerson
2. a. substance, gist b. meaning, significance c. the events, physical detail, and information in a work of art — compare form 10b 3. a. the matter dealt with in a field of study b. a part, element, or complex of parts 4. the amount of specified material contained ; proportion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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

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