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

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One of Hillary Clinton’s mistakes in the 2016 presidential race was her stance on climate change, which would have seen a continuation of Obama’s regulatory fiat. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "How the Media Corrupted Climate Policy," 5 July 2019 Appointing a creative director who is steeped in the house’s heritage and recent history, as Viard is, doesn’t necessarily mean a continuation of the outgoing designer’s work. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Chanel lost its iconic designer this year. Meet the woman who replaced him.," 2 July 2019 The data mark the continuation of a trend that’s baffled beekeepers and has triggered alarm for farmers who depend on bees for pollinating their crops. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "New data show the US honeybee population is still dying in record numbers," 20 June 2019 Torres’ death the evening of May 29 was not only the latest eruption of violence in Mountain View, but also marked the continuation of an upward trend of violent crime in the neighborhood immediately surrounding the park in the past five years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "More city neighborhoods see increase in violent crimes, new data analysis shows," 6 June 2019 Within months of getting his new job, Warner proposed to Tenaglia a continuation of the same scheme the two had at the airport — a demand for 10 percent of each invoice West Bloomfield Township paid Tenaglia. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: Ex-Detroit airport manager took bribes, ate evidence to cover up crime," 23 May 2018 Williams' enforcement priorities in some ways represent a continuation of the approach under President Obama, such an emphasis on overproduction and trafficking, protecting minors and going after organized crime. Noelle Crombie,, "Black market, overproduction among U.S. Attorney's pot priorities," 18 May 2018 To some extent, this may simply represent a continuation of Trump’s extended kvetching before signing the omnibus bill in the first place. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump, House GOP Consider Clawing Back Spending They Approved the Week Before Last," 3 Apr. 2018 The significant gain marked the continuation of a turnaround for the music industry in the country, which tanked to its lowest numbers in 2013, after enduring a decade-long slump in sales. Judy Cantor-navas, Billboard, "Spain Reports Fourth Consecutive Year of Music Industry Gains With Streaming Up 25 Percent," 22 Jan. 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 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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