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 In these early days, Biden’s presidency has been less a transformation than a continuation of the partisan stalemate that has existed since the end of the Cold War. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Operation Overreach," 27 Mar. 2021 There could also be an extension of $50 billion of Cares Act loans and worker payments in the U.S. and a similar continuation of furloughs in Europe and elsewhere. Tara Patel, Fortune, "Airlines face the prospect of another lost summer, sparking money concerns," 26 Mar. 2021 More warm surges than cool blips, a continuation of March into the first half of April. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Looking Better For an Early Spring This Year," 24 Mar. 2021 The first 10 minutes looked the part of the nightmarish start, a continuation of last Friday when the floor fell out from underneath an undermanned group. Kevin Reynolds, Dallas News, "Boise State’s late putback spoils SMU’s comeback bid, Mustangs exit the NIT early," 18 Mar. 2021 Thompson was a sort of continuation of Treglown’s legacy. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "How a fan letter is helping Warriors' Klay Thompson through Achilles rehab," 17 Mar. 2021 Dunbar said during an interview that his administration would not be an exact continuation of the policies of the most recent mayors. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, "Forrest Dunbar has served on the Anchorage Assembly through a pandemic and protests. He still says he can win the mayor’s race.," 14 Mar. 2021 Temperatures will settle in the upper 30s to around 40 degrees downtown, with a continuation of a very dry air mass and dew points in the teens. Washington Post, "PM Update: Sunny on Sunday, with gusty winds returning," 13 Mar. 2021 The spacewalk will assist with a continuation of upgrades for the orbiting laboratory. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronauts Kate Rubins and Soichi Noguchi conduct 4th career spacewalk," 5 Mar. 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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1 Apr 2021

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“Continuation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 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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