Content vs content

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Content and content are two words that are spelled identically but are pronounced differently and have different meanings, which makes them heteronyms. We will examine the definitions of the words content and content, where these words came from, and a few examples of their use in sentences.

Content (KAHN tent) is a noun that means: (1) items contained inside of something else; (2) the main ingredient in a particular substance; (3) the ideas or topics discussed in a written work or speech; (4) the topics covered in an academic course; or (5) the list of chapters or sections in a written work, which are usually outlined in a table. The word content is derived from the Latin word continere, which means to enclose or hold together.

Content (cun TENT) is usually used as an adjective or a verb to mean satisfied, to be in a state in which one’s desires and needs are met, to be appeased. Related words are contents, contented, contenting. contentment. The word content is derived from the Latin word contentus, which means satisfied.


Depending on how the order is carried out, it poses the potential for wide-ranging consequences for a much broader segment of the Internet beyond just the social media giants, potentially affecting every website, app or service where users congregate online with new liability for the content on their platform. (The Washington Post)

“Even though the investigation is nearly complete and the contents of the boxes will be of no help for the investigation, we are ready to give them to a third country or to a [foreign] company,” Mohsen Baharvand, deputy foreign affairs minister, was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency. (The Guardian)

Investors were contented last week to see a continued expansion in the Chinese economy’s manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) at 50.6 for May. (The Yorkshire Post)

I am content and would not trade this experience for anything else. (The Register-Guard)