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

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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Cite this Entry

“Continually.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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