(Pronounced [[t]kɒ̱ntent[/t]] in content 1, and [[t]kənte̱nt[/t]] in content 2.)
1) N-PLURAL: usu with supp, oft N of n The contents of a container such as a bottle, box, or room are the things that are inside it.

Empty the contents of the pan into the sieve...

I emptied the contents of the fridge into carrier bags...

Sandon Hall and its contents will be auctioned by Sotheby's on October 6.

2) N-UNCOUNT: also N in pl, usu N of n If you refer to the content or contents of something such as a book, speech, or television programme, you are referring to the subject that it deals with, the story that it tells, or the ideas that it expresses.

She is reluctant to discuss the content of the play...

Stricter controls were placed on the content of video films...

The letter's contents were not disclosed.

3) N-PLURAL The contents of a book are its different chapters and sections, usually shown in a list at the beginning of the book.

There is no initial list of contents.

4) N-UNCOUNT: usu with supp, oft N of n The content of something such as an educational course or a programme of action is the elements that it consists of.

Previous students have had nothing but praise for the course content and staff...

This is how we see our tasks, and the substance and content of our work for the forthcoming period.

5) N-SING: n N You can use content to refer to the amount or proportion of something that a substance contains.

Sunflower margarine has the same fat content as butter...

He was astonished at the high gold content in the 340 million-year-old rock.

contents, contenting, contented
(Pronounced [[t]kɒ̱ntent[/t]] in content 1, and [[t]kənte̱nt[/t]] in content 2.)
1) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, ADJ to-inf, ADJ with n/-ing If you are content with something, you are willing to accept it, rather than wanting something more or something better.

I am content to admire the mountains from below...

I'm perfectly content with the way the campaign has gone...

Not content with rescuing one theatre, Sally Green has taken on another.

2) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ If you are content, you are fairly happy or satisfied.

He says his daughter is quite content.

3) VERB If you content yourself with something, you accept it and do not try to do or have other things.

[V pron-refl with n] He wisely contented himself with his family and his love of nature...

[V pron-refl with/by -ing] Most manufacturers content themselves with updating existing models.

4) to your heart's contentsee heart

English dictionary. 2008.


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