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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Menon and Talwar have already done that by involving their younger siblings, which will bode well for the continuation of The Birthday Giving Program when if its founders leave home for college. Diane Moca, Naperville Sun, "Naperville teen brings the birthday party — complete with cake and gifts — to those who might not otherwise celebrate," 10 July 2018 Crawford has been reinstated from the 10-day disabled list, the Phillies announced Wednesday, and could be in the lineup for the continuation of a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Scott Lauber,, "Phillies activate J.P. Crawford from disabled list, likely pushing Scott Kingery back to utility role," 6 June 2018 Both men called for the continuation of dialogue over the Korean Peninsula, with Suga emphasizing the close relationship between the United States, South Korea and Japan. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Trump's withdrawal from Kim summit plunges East Asia into uncertainty," 25 May 2018 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

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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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