continent

adjective
con·ti·nent | \ˈkän-tə-nənt \

Definition of continent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : exercising continence Most children are continent by the age of three.

2 obsolete : restrictive

continent

noun
con·ti·nent | \ˈkän-tə-nənt, ˈkänt-nənt\

Definition of continent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : container, confines

2 archaic : epitome

3 : mainland

4a : one of the six or seven great divisions of land on the globe

b capitalized : the continent of Europe used with the

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Other Words from continent

Adjective

continently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for continent

Synonyms: Adjective

abstemious, abstentious, abstinent, self-denying, sober, temperate

Synonyms: Noun

landmass, main, mainland

Antonyms: Adjective

self-indulgent

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Examples of continent in a Sentence

Adjective

Most children are continent by age three. a religious sect that expects its unmarried members to be completely celibate and its married adherents to maintain continent relationships

Noun

The book provides information on hotels in Britain and on the Continent. Europe and Asia are sometimes considered together to be one continent.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Europe is not especially eager to have Britain crash out of the union next spring, either, so leaders on the continent are doing their best to drum up enthusiasm for the Chequers white paper. Jonah Shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "The Brexit Crisis Finally Engulfs the Party That Started It," 11 July 2018 The Pentagon is refurbishing facilities, airfields and training ranges in across eastern Europe Last year, the Army sent 87 tanks, 144 armored vehicles and 3,500 troops to Poland in the biggest U.S. military deployment on the continent in decades. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "President Trump Says NATO Allies Owe the U.S. Money. He's Wrong," 11 July 2018 The 25-year-old has since blossomed into one of the most efficient full backs on the continent and has been attracting attention from some of the biggest clubs around. SI.com, "Chelsea & Liverpool Handed Transfer Boost as Porto Reject Offers from Bayern & Juve for Alex Telles," 10 July 2018 Starting in the 19th century, Dare’s daughter Virginia, the first English child born on this continent, became a symbol for white purity, Lawler writes. Gillian Brockell, Washington Post, "Dismissed as a forgery, could a mysterious stone found near Roanoke’s ‘Lost Colony’ be real?," 5 July 2018 All three had been seeking to cash in on a booming African phone-mast industry, boosted by rising wireless device use amid growing populations and a surge in mobile subscriptions on the continent. Ruth David, Bloomberg.com, "IHS Is Said to Pull IPO Valuing Towers Firm at $10 Billion," 27 June 2018 Thibodeau and her colleagues said the turquoise mines that supplied the Aztecs may have been mined out well before Europeans set foot on the continent. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New study rethinks pre-Columbian turquoise trade," 14 June 2018 Hanoi is sending peacekeeping troops and medical workers to the war-torn African nation of South Sudan, part of a broader movement over the past five years to aid United Nations missions on the continent. Carl Prine, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mattis shows that former enemy is a warming friend," 31 May 2018 The opening North American leg will run for nine weeks, hitting 17 cities on the continent through early July. Bob Allen, Billboard, "U2's Experience + Innocence Tour Kickoff Impacts New Hot Tours Roundup," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of continent

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for continent

Adjective

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin continent-, continens, from present participle of continēre to hold in — more at contain

Noun

in senses 1 & 2, from Latin continent-, continens, present participle of continēre, to hold together, contain; in senses 3 & 4, from Latin continent-, continens continuous mass of land, mainland, from continent-, continens, present participle — see continent entry 1

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continent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of continent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

medical : able to control your bladder and bowels

continent

noun

English Language Learners Definition of continent (Entry 2 of 2)

: one of the great divisions of land (such as North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, or Antarctica) of the Earth

the Continent : the countries of Europe except for Great Britain and Ireland

continent

noun
con·ti·nent | \ˈkän-tə-nənt \

Kids Definition of continent

: one of the great divisions of land on the globe—Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, or South America

continent

adjective
con·ti·nent | \ˈkänt-ᵊn-ənt \

Medical Definition of continent 

: exercising continence

Other Words from continent

continently adverb

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