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Definition of content adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    [not before noun]
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  1. 1content (with something) happy and satisfied with what you have Not content with stealing my boyfriend (= not thinking that this was enough), she has turned all my friends against me. He seemed more content and less bitter. He had to be content with third place. Thesaurushappysatisfied content contented joyful blissfulThese words all describe feeling, showing, or giving pleasure or satisfaction.happy feeling, showing, or giving pleasure; satisfied with something or not worried about it:a happy marriage/memory/childhood I said I'd go, just to make him happy.satisfied pleased because you have achieved something or because something has happened as you wanted it to; showing this satisfaction:She's never satisfied with what she has. a satisfied smilecontent [not before noun] happy and satisfied with what you have:I'm perfectly content just to lie in the sun.contented happy and comfortable with what you have; showing this:a contented baby a long, contented sighcontent or contented?Being contented depends more on having a comfortable life; being content can depend more on your attitude to your life: you can have to be content or learn to be content. People or animals can be contented but only people can be content.joyful (somewhat formal) very happy; making people very happy:They had a joyful reunion in Phoenix.blissful (somewhat formal) making people very happy; showing this happiness:three blissful weeks in Mauijoyful or blissful?Joy is a livelier feeling;bliss is more peaceful.Patterns happy/satisfied/content with something a happy/satisfied/contented/blissful smile a happy/joyful occasion/celebration to be/feel happy/satisfied/content/contented/joyful very/perfectly/quite happy/satisfied/content/contented
  2. 2content to do something willing to do something I was content to wait. compare contented
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