content

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 adjective: [kənˈtɛnt], noun: [ˈkɒntɛnt]


WordReference Collins English Usage © 2019
content
Content can be a noun, an adjective, or a verb. When it is a noun, it is pronounced /^kɒntent/. When it is an adjective or verb, it is pronounced /kən^tent/.
used as a plural noun
The contents /^kɒntents/ of something such as a box or room are the things inside it.
She emptied out the contents of the bag.
Be careful
Contents is a plural noun. Don't talk about ‘a content’.
The contents of something such as a document or tape are the things written in it or recorded on it.
He couldn't remember the contents of the note.
used as an uncountable noun
The content of something such as a speech, piece of writing, website, or television programme is the information it gives, or the ideas or opinions expressed in it.
I was disturbed by the content of some of the speeches.
The website content includes issues of the newsletter.
used as an adjective
If you are content /kən^tent/ to do something or are content with something, you are willing to do it, have it, or accept it.
A few teachers were content to pay the fines.
Not content with running one business, Sally Green has bought another.
If you are content, you are happy and satisfied. You use this meaning of content after a linking verb. Don't use it in front of a noun.
He says his daughter is quite content.
I feel more content singing than at any other time.
‘contented’
You can also use contented /k%en^tent!id/ to say that someone is happy and satisfied. Contented can be used in front of a noun or after a linking verb.
The firm has a loyal and contented labour force.
For ten years they lived like this and were perfectly contented.
‘content’ used as a verb
If you content /kən^tent/ yourself with doing something, you are satisfied with it and don't try to do other things.
Most manufacturers content themselves with updating existing models.
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