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


; kənˈtent
see also content1
[not before noun]1 content (with something) happy and satisfied with what you haveNot 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.2 content to do something willing to do somethingI was content to wait. compare contentedUsage noteUsage note: happysatisfied 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 awayjoyful or blissful?Joy is a livelier feeling; bliss is more peaceful.happy/satisfied/content/contented with somethinga happy/satisfied/contented/blissful smilea happy/joyful occasion/celebrationto feel happy/satisfied/content/contented/joyfulvery/perfectly/quite happy/satisfied/content/contented