- (often plural) everything that is inside a container: the contents of a box
- (usually plural) the chapters or divisions of a book
- a list, printed at the front of a book, of chapters or divisions together with the number of the first page of each
- the meaning or significance of a poem, painting, or other work of art, as distinguished from its style or form
- all that is contained or dealt with in a discussion, piece of writing, etc; substance
- the capacity or size of a thing
- the proportion of a substance contained in an alloy, mixture, etc: the lead content of petrol
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- [countable] Usually, contents. [plural]
- something contained: The contents of the box rattled after I dropped it.
- the topics covered in a book or document.
- the chapters of a book or document: a table of contents.
- [uncountable] something expressed;
substance: It's a clever play but it lacks content.
- the amount of a substance contained: [uncountable]high calcium content.[countable; usually singular]Those fruits have a high content of vitamin C. See -ten-.
- satisfied with what one is or has;
contented:He was content and settled back to enjoy his life.
- willing or resigned, as to do or accept something:He was not content with my answer, so I added a few more remarks.[~ + to + verb]was content to let the matter drop.
v. [~ + object]
- to make content:These pleasures did not content me any longer.
- the state or feeling of being contented:To her great content, the kids had cleaned up their rooms.
con•tent•ness,n. [uncountable]See -ten-.
- mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are
- assenting to or willing to accept circumstances, a proposed course of action, etc
- (transitive) to make (oneself or another person) content or satisfied: to content oneself with property
- peace of mind; mental or emotional satisfaction