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continent

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adjective con·ti·nent \ˈkän-tə-nənt\

Definition of continent

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

  2. 2 obsolete :  restrictive

continently

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Examples of continent in a Sentence

  1. Most children are continent by age three.

  2. a religious sect that expects its unmarried members to be completely celibate and its married adherents to maintain continent relationships

Origin and Etymology of continent

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


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

Definition of continent

  1. 1 archaic :  container, confines

  2. 2 archaic :  epitome

  3. 3 :  mainland

  4. 4a :  one of the six or seven great divisions of land on the globeb capitalized :  the continent of Europe —used with the

Examples of continent in a Sentence

  1. The book provides information on hotels in Britain and on the Continent.

  2. Europe and Asia are sometimes considered together to be one continent.

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Origin and Etymology of continent

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 1continent



CONTINENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of continent for English Language Learners

  • medical : able to control your bladder and bowels

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Definition of continent for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

continent

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noun con·ti·nent \ˈkän-tə-nənt\

Definition of continent for Students

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


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continent

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adjective con·ti·nent \ˈkänt-ən-ənt\

Medical Definition of continent

  1. :  exercising continence

continently

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