continent

adjective
con·​ti·​nent | \ ˈkän-tə-nənt How to pronounce continent (audio) \

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 How to pronounce continent (audio) , 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-abnegating, 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

The bank had many corporate clients on the continent prior to the 2016 referendum when 51.9% of Britons voted to leave, Mr. Engel said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Brexit Creates New Cohort of Bank CFOs in Continental Europe," 1 July 2019 And Ujiri says there continues to be missed opportunities to discover and develop talent on the continent. Amanda Sealy, CNN, "Masai Ujiri: Why Toronto Raptor's president sees promise in Africa," 28 June 2019 In recognition of Ibrahimovic's talents on this continent, fans routinely respond at the turnstiles. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic, larger than life MLS star, is coming to Cincinnati. You're welcome.," 21 June 2019 Delegates heard that Angola’s Okavango Delta area is some of the world’s most important remaining wilderness, and the country has the potential to host one of the most diverse mammal populations on the continent. PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry Follows in Mom Princess Diana's Footsteps by Advocating for Clearing Landmines," 17 June 2019 The very first e-game drive vehicle was introduced on the continent in 2010, when South African lithium battery manufacturer Freedom Won converted a conventional Jeep Grand Cherokee to run off electric battery power. Lee Middleton, Quartz Africa, "Luxury safaris are trying to reinvent by getting greener and curbing an “Out of Africa” culture," 14 June 2019 The 2016 Afrobarometer study shows the average acceptance rate for living next to gay individuals on the continent is just 21 percent, an abysmally low number. Alex Ward, Vox, "Botswana decriminalizes homosexuality in a victory for LGBTQ rights in Africa," 11 June 2019 The Pride Lands aren’t a specific African savanna, but the location does teach children many of the different habitats coexisting on the continent. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Disney on Ice brings a ‘Road Trip’ to Amway Center," 9 June 2019 The New Dealers also had the humility—for nearly the first time in white civilization on the continent—to admit the limits of the land, even in the face of technology. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Where Our New World Begins," 10 May 2019

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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
chiefly British : the countries of Europe except for Great Britain and Ireland

continent

noun
con·​ti·​nent | \ ˈkän-tə-nənt How to pronounce continent (audio) \

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 How to pronounce continent (audio) \

Medical Definition of continent

: exercising continence

Other Words from continent

continently adverb

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