Meaning of “content” in the English Dictionary

"content" in English

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contentadjective [ after verb ]

uk /kənˈtent/ us /kənˈtent/
noun [ U ] uk /kənˈtent.mənt/ us /kənˈtent.mənt/ also content

His face wore a look of pure contentment.


uk /ˈkɒn.tent/ us /ˈkɑːn.tent/

content noun (SUBJECT)

contents [ plural ]

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B2 the articles or parts contained in a magazine or book, with the number of the page they begin on:

the table of (= list of) contents
the contents page

B2 [ S or U ] the ideas that are contained in a piece of writing, a speech, or a film:

It's a very stylish and beautiful film, but it lacks content.
We've discussed the unusual form of the book - now, what about the content?

content noun (AMOUNT)

contents [ plural ]

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B1 everything that is contained within something:

The contents of his bag spilled all over the floor.
He didn't need to open the letter because he already knew the contents.

C2 [ S ] the amount of a particular substance contained in something:

Chocolate has a high fat content.

contentverb [ T ]

uk /kənˈtent/ us /kənˈtent/

(Definition of “content” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"content" in American English

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us /kənˈtent/

pleased with your situation and not needing or desiring it to be better:

Skating this year with a sprained ankle, he said he was content just to make the Olympic team.
adjective us /kənˈten·tɪd/

Our dog leads a happy and contented life.
noun [ U ] us /kənˈtent·mənt/ also content

Her greatest happiness and contentment was found in being a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

contentverb [ T ]

us /kənˈtent/

to make yourself accept something as satisfactory, although it could be better:

We had to content ourselves with watching the sea lions from the shore.

contentnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkɑn·tent/

content noun [ U ] (SUBJECT)

the subject or ideas contained in something written, said, created, or represented:

It’s easy to update the content of the Web site.

art Content is also the things represented or suggested in something written or created as art, or the ideas it communicates.

content noun [ U ] (AMOUNT)

the amount of a particular substance contained in something:

This type of milk has a lower fat content.

(Definition of “content” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"content" in Business English

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uk /ˈkɒntent/ us
contents [ plural ]

everything that is contained within something:

A spokesman has refused to disclose the contents of the shipment.
Her parents' home contents insurance policy covered her for the loss of the phone.

[ U ] also contents [ plural ] the ideas that are contained in something:

New guidelines cover the content of advertising for children.
Our description of the contents of the report was completely accurate.

[ U ] the information contained on a website, etc.:

The next generation of DVDs will have to provide more content.
If you want to make money from online advertising, you need content.

[ U ] PRODUCTION the parts that are used to make a product:

The company also produces paper with 30% recycled content.
The trade agreement stipulated that a certain percentage of the content of the manufactured goods should be obtained locally.

[ S ] the amount of a particular substance contained in something:

The Supreme Court ruled that a beer's alcohol content can be noted on the label.
This research dramatically illustrates that the food industry can produce food with much lower salt content.
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(Definition of “content” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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Information is the raw material of the content industry, and, in addition, multimedia fully exploits the opportunities afforded by the entertainment and leisure industry in order to increase production.
The presence of content in different languages will promote citizens' equal access to the information society and therefore prevent the creation of an information underclass.
I just wanted to point that out in order to clarify the procedure; the content of the resolution will be decided by the vote.
We may quite rightly assume that the discussions held resulted in the actual initiation of talks on the content of a new partnership in the fishing industry.
Public interest considerations suggest there will be a need for access to this content through all major delivery platforms, whatever access regime is finally decided upon.
The report also raises several issues which lie on the content side and are, therefore, outside the scope of the new framework for electronic communications.
Infrastructure and content industry are coming together.
The content of the concept is understandable on merit, but it has not yet been legally recognised and will cause numerous problems.
The question specifically refers to the relation between excise taxes and the alcohol content of the goods subject to excise tax.
Cooperation between the content industry (mainly music and film) and telecom operators is encouraged in order to deal with the problem of piracy (illegal downloads).