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



BrE BrE//kənˈtentɪd//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtentɪd//
[usually before noun]
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showing or feeling happiness or satisfaction, especially because your life is good a contented smile He was a contented man. compare content2 opposite discontented 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/contentedExtra examples He gave a long contented sigh. I felt warm and cosy and contented. a contented baby/workforce/cat
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: contented