Definition of content adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˈtent//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtent//
    [not before noun] Happiness
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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, less bitter. He had to be content with third place. Synonymshappysatisfied 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 keep 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’s got. 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 (rather formal) very happy; making people very happyblissful making people very happy; showing this happiness:three blissful weeks away joyful or blissful? Joy is a livelier feeling; bliss is more peaceful.Patterns happy/​satisfied/​content/​contented with something a happy/​satisfied/​contented/​blissful smile a happy/​joyful occasion/​celebration to feel happy/​satisfied/​content/​contented/​joyful very/​perfectly/​quite happy/​satisfied/​content/​contented See related entries: Happiness
  2. 2content to do something willing to do something I was content to wait.
  3. compare contented
    Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from Latin contentus ‘satisfied’, past participle of continere from con- ‘altogether’ + tenere ‘to hold’.Extra examples She felt curiously content. She seemed quite content with the idea. I’m perfectly content just to lie in the sun. Not content with stealing my boyfriend she has turned all my friends against me.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: content