con·​tin·​u·​a·​tion | \ kən-ˌtin-yə-ˈwā-shən How to pronounce continuation (audio) , -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
Recent Examples on the Web One of the largest is a continuation of the 10% surcharge on the corporation business tax, which has been opposed by some business executives for years. Christopher Keating,, 9 June 2021 Experts who spoke with Plain Dealer said violent crime in 2021 is a continuation of what started last year when Cleveland had 190 homicides, the most since 1982. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 7 June 2021 The firm is raising capital for a fund to back early-stage financial-technology companies and another for later-stage investments, in a continuation of the strategy Fin VC pursued with its first two funds, the people said. Chris Cumming, WSJ, 28 May 2021 Palestinian protesters also marched in the West Bank cities of Nablus, Qalqilya, Tulkarm, Jenin and Hebron early Friday morning, the Red Crescent said, in a continuation of weeks-long demonstrations. Ben Wedeman, CNN, 14 May 2021 In a continuation of her relationship with Warner Bros., Gadot starred in Wonder Woman 1984, which is directed by Jenkins and features the actress as the fabled Amazon in her first DC superhero outing since Justice League. Christian Holub,, 6 Apr. 2021 Jones used the next two years to rid himself of a salary cap mess that resulted in a continuation of those 5-11 finishes. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 16 Dec. 2020 The plays are an extension of what the young Stars showed during their rookie seasons in the NHL, really, a continuation of standout play that excites the organization for the future. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, 26 May 2021 This improvement represents a continuation of a longer-term trend, in which ROIC has risen from just 8% in 2016. David Trainer, Forbes, 25 May 2021

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First Known Use of continuation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for continuation

Middle English continuacioun, borrowed from Anglo-French continuacion, borrowed from Latin continuātiōn-, continuātiō, from continuāre "to make continuous, continue" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of verbal action

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The first known use of continuation was in the 14th century

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12 Jun 2021

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“Continuation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce continuation (audio) \

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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