con·​tin·​ue | \ kən-ˈtin-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce continue (audio) \
continued; continuing

Definition of continue

intransitive verb

1 : to maintain without interruption a condition, course, or action The boat continued downstream.
2 : to remain in existence : endure The tradition continues to this day.
3 : to remain in a place or condition : stay We cannot continue here much longer.
4 : to resume an activity after interruption We'll continue after lunch.

transitive verb

1a : keep up, maintain continues walking
b : to keep going or add to : prolong continue the battle also : to resume after intermission
2 : to cause to continue chose not to continue her subscription
3 : to allow to remain in a place or condition : retain The trustees were continued.
4 : to postpone (a legal proceeding) by a continuance

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continuer \ kən-​ˈtin-​yü-​ər How to pronounce continue (audio) \ noun

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continue, last, endure, abide, persist mean to exist over a period of time or indefinitely. continue applies to a process going on without ending. the search for peace will continue last, especially when unqualified, may stress existing beyond what is normal or expected. buy shoes that will last endure adds an implication of resisting destructive forces or agencies. in spite of everything, her faith endured abide implies stable and constant existing especially as opposed to mutability. a love that abides through 40 years of marriage persist suggests outlasting the normal or appointed time and often connotes obstinacy or doggedness. the sense of guilt persisted

Examples of continue in a Sentence

The team will continue with their drills until the coach is satisfied with their performance. The world's population continues to grow. The traditions will continue only as long as the next generations keep them alive. The good weather continued for several days. The lecture continued for another hour after we left. Exit the highway, take a right off the ramp, then continue down the street until you get to the first traffic light. Continue along this path until you come to the end. The plot gets more and more intricate as the story continues.
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Recent Examples on the Web The state will continue working through this relatively large group of Alaskans through at least the beginning of March with the next tier likely opening up in the next several weeks, Walker Linderman said. Annie Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Seniors’ vaccine helpers now eligible for shot as Alaska anticipates large COVID-19 vaccine shipment in March," 25 Feb. 2021 Firefighters continue to work at the scene of a house fire in West Hartford, a fire official said. Christine Dempsey,, "Firefighters battle house fire in West Hartford," 24 Feb. 2021 Farnsworth, who lives in Florida and is producing movies in Syracuse, N.Y., said the company will continue to pursue additional acquisitions including production companies. Los Angeles Times, "Former MoviePass chairman’s next big bet: a TikTok rival from Singapore," 23 Feb. 2021 Seniors should also continue to register for vaccines through their health care providers and local pharmacies, the city said. Erin Schumaker, ABC News, "Vaccination call center for seniors receives nearly 1 million calls in a day," 23 Feb. 2021 Building on the principles released last year, the SFO will continue to deepen its understanding of compliance and engagement with compliance professionals, Ms. Osofsky said. Dylan Tokar, WSJ, "U.K.’s Financial Crimes Agency Wants Companies to Invest in Compliance," 23 Feb. 2021 Without equal access to the vaccine, Latino and immigrant communities will continue to experience high death rates, trauma for survivors and their families, economic fallout and learning losses for children, Chang-Díaz said. Cristina Silva, USA TODAY, "'It's life or death': Non-English speakers struggle to get COVID-19 vaccine across US," 22 Feb. 2021 Melissa Deavers-Lowie, director of communications and community engagement at Portage Township Schools, said the district will continue to employ and follow the CDC recommendations for as long as needed. Hannah Reed,, "After months of in-person learning, Portage, Highland a step ahead of CDC guidelines," 22 Feb. 2021 That number dropped to 146 with the latest additions, though Abbott said more counties will continue to be re-requested as the state receives further information. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Additional 31 Texas counties included in federal major disaster declaration," 22 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of continue

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for continue

Middle English continuen "to persist, persevere, last, postpone (a hearing or trial)," borrowed from Anglo-French continuer, borrowed from Latin continuāre "to make continuous, extend in space, keep on with," verbal derivative of continuus "uninterrupted, continuous

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

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27 Feb 2021

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“Continue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of continue

: to do something without stopping : to keep doing something in the same way as before
: to stay in a job or position
: to keep happening or existing : to remain active or in existence without changing or stopping


con·​tin·​ue | \ kən-ˈtin-yü How to pronounce continue (audio) \
continued; continuing

Kids Definition of continue

1 : to do or cause to do the same thing without changing or stopping The weather continued hot and sunny.
2 : to begin again after stopping After you left, I continued working.


transitive verb
continued; continuing

Legal Definition of continue

: to postpone (a legal proceeding) to a future day

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