con·tin·u·a·tion | \kən-ˌtin-yə-ˈwā-shən, -yü-ˈā-\

Definition of continuation 

1 : the act or fact of continuing in or the prolongation of a state or activity

2 : resumption after an interruption

3 : something that continues, increases, or adds

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Examples of continuation in a Sentence

the continuation of high unemployment has cost the government much support

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Acquiring the former Hancock is a continuation of Sterling Bay’s rise in prominence. Ryan Ori,, "Former John Hancock Center is getting a new owner: Sterling Bay," 12 July 2018 The new peacebuilding agenda, spearheaded by the Secretary General Antònio Guterres, puts the focus squarely on managing the outbreak, escalation, continuation and recurrence of conflict. Håvard Hegre, Washington Post, "U.N. peacekeeping really can be effective. Here’s how we tabulated this.," 28 June 2018 Today, despite the continuation of Chinese and Russian authoritarian regimes, there are well over a hundred. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 Dominic Tierney The famous war theorist Carl von Clausewitz argued that war is the continuation of politics by other means. Alex Ward, Vox, "Why America doesn’t win wars anymore," 9 Apr. 2018 Carnival and other lines all play an active role in the Vessel Sanitation Program's continuation. Chabeli Herrera,, "More cruise ships failed sanitation inspections in 2017 than any other year," 27 Feb. 2018 These new appointments are a continuation of that multiyear effort. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Morgan Stanley Elevates CEO Contender," 10 July 2018 And five governors – from Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Hawaii and Vermont – have signed executive orders to ensure the continuation of net neutrality in their states. Cathy Cunningham,, "Can net neutrality be saved in Illinois?," 5 July 2018 Development of the former Escondido Country Club property remains in limbo following a court ruling that allows the continuation of a lawsuit challenging the Escondido City Council’s approval of the 380-home project. J. Harry Jones,, "Lawsuit challenging Escondido Country Club project will continue," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of continuation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of continuation

: something that starts where something else ends and adds to or continues the first part

: the act of continuing or of causing something to continue

: the act of beginning again after an interruption


con·tin·u·a·tion | \kən-ˌtin-yə-ˈwā-shən \

Kids Definition of continuation

1 : something that begins where something else ends and follows a similar pattern the continuation of a road

2 : the act of beginning again after an interruption continuation of the game

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a state of commotion or excitement

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