Simple Definition of continue
: to do something without stopping : to keep doing something in the same way as before
: to stay in a job or position
: to keep happening or existing : to remain active or in existence without changing or stopping
Full Definition of continue
1 : to maintain without interruption a condition, course, or action <the boat continued downstream>
2 : to remain in existence : endure <the tradition continues>
3 : to remain in a place or condition : stay <cannot continue here much longer>
4 : to resume an activity after interruption <we'll continue after lunch>
2 : to cause to continue <chose not to continue her subscription>
3 : to allow to remain in a place or condition : retain <the trustees were continued>
4 : to postpone (a legal proceeding) by a continuance
Examples of continue in a sentence
The team will continue with their drills until the coach is satisfied with their performance.
The world's population continues to grow.
The traditions will continue only as long as the next generations keep them alive.
The good weather continued for several days.
The lecture continued for another hour after we left.
Exit the highway, take a right off the ramp, then continue down the street until you get to the first traffic light.
Continue along this path until you come to the end.
The plot gets more and more intricate as the story continues.
Origin of continue
Middle English, from Anglo-French continuer, from Latin continuare, from continuus
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of continue
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Definition of continue for Students
1 : to do or cause to do the same thing without changing or stopping <The weather continued hot and sunny.>
2 : to begin again after stopping <After you left, I continued working.>
Legal Definition of continue
: to postpone (a legal proceeding) to a future day
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