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


; kənˈtentɪd
[usually before noun]
showing or feeling happiness or satisfaction, especially because your life is good
a contented smileHe was a contented man. compare content2 adjective
; kənˈtentɪdli
adverbShe smiled contentedly.
Usage 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