con·​tin·​u·​al·​ly kən-ˈtin-yü-ə-lē How to pronounce continually (audio)
: in a continual manner : without stopping or interruption
a security system that runs continually
We had endured a series of dark, gloomy, winter days, during which the sun had been continually hidden behind dense, rain clouds.George Thatcher
… I was too thoroughly swept away by this richly imagined and continually surprising novel to be concerned with cute comparisons.Edan Lepucki
They bickered continually, ignoring me as I worked around them.Paula Fox
: in a constantly repeated manner : over and over
being interrupted continually
She would write. I would read and edit, and sometimes shift the wordings, or change phrases or delete things. We would continually refine what was written.Herbie Hancock

Examples of continually in a Sentence

grew up in a time when children were continually being told to mind their manners the computer program continually updates the file with new information
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Word History


Middle English contynuely, from continuel continual + -ly -ly entry 2

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of continually was in the 14th century

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“Continually.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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