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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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

Poaching is rampant across the continent; rhino horn is worth more than its weight in gold and three each day get poached (though less valuable, ivory is still hot on the black market, and an elephant is captured and killed every 15 minutes). Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your First Safari Should Be in Botswana," 25 Apr. 2018 Read More: The birds were near extinction at one point, the state agency said, but their populations have boomed across the continent because of wildlife management programs and the Canada geese's adaptability. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Teen golfer saw a goose flying at him, 'and that's when I started sprinting'," 24 Apr. 2018 In Europe, leaders of European Union member countries are trying anew to come up with continent-wide solutions to a mass migration crisis that has pitted nations and politicians against each other. Lori Hinnant, BostonGlobe.com, "No easy path: Complex mass migration, politics reshape globe," 21 June 2018 Based on data from the Great Elephant Census (GEC), a continent-wide survey conducted by Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc., Africa's savanna elephant population declined by 30 percent between 2007 and 2014 for instance. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "We know you hate the Internet of Things, but it’s saving megafauna from poachers," 6 June 2018 The 5 African teams representing the continent Senegal, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt are neck deep and focused in the preparations. Steven Goff, Houston Chronicle, "FIFA president: World Cup could expand to 48 teams in 2022, ahead of schedule," 13 July 2018 The most recent immigrants arrived in the late 1900s from the Indian sub-continent and South Asia. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora Historical Society to hold party to highlight exhibit on ethnic diversity," 13 July 2018 Asian and European sales grew by 53% from the same quarter a year earlier; Lululemon will open 15-30 stores across both continents this year. The Economist, "Despite falling foul of the #MeToo movement, Lululemon is soaring," 12 July 2018 The city tapped renowned architect David Adjaye, whose portfolio spans several notable works in multiple continents, to design the blueprint. Lisa Maria Garza, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Couples married before 'Pinterest age' set to renew vows in farewell to Winter Park civic center," 12 July 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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