continue

verb
con·tin·ue | \ kən-ˈtin-(ˌ)yü \
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 \ 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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Yet the island stations have endured, even as criminal investigations, broad cost-cutting measures, and staff realignments continue to batter the State Police back on the mainland. Todd Wallack, BostonGlobe.com, "For some State Police, it’s a posting in paradise," 14 July 2018 The charges come as Mueller continues to investigate potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. CBS News, "Trump responds to Russian hacking indictment by blaming Obama administration," 14 July 2018 For farmers looking for immediate assistance, the state paid $100 for the first permit while continuing to push for non-lethal methods and further education for farmers about dealing with the birds. Jordyn Hermani, Indianapolis Star, "Black vultures are eating cows alive. But it's difficult to legally kill the birds.," 13 July 2018 But the thefts at one plaza, in Brownsville, Brooklyn, stopped as the maintenance continued. James Barron, New York Times, "Lounge in Them. Dash Through Them. But Don’t Call Them Parks.," 13 July 2018 Police said the intersection will be shut down into the evening while the investigation continues. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Serious crash involving 5 vehicles shuts Phoenix intersection," 13 July 2018 Yet as corruption continues to factor into almost all economic transactions here, the clamor for change keeps growing. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Kenyans have had it with corruption. Their leaders may finally be doing something about it.," 13 July 2018 But the cost was a first-round pick to the Nets as Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks continues to collect assets. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Atlanta Hawks land Jeremy Lin from Brooklyn Nets," 13 July 2018 Recent reports suggest that the North has continued to expand infrastructure at nuclear and missile sites and that U.S. intelligence assesses that the North does not intend to fully denuclearize. Matthew Pennington, Fox News, "Trump tweets 'very nice note' from North Korea's Kim Jong Un," 13 July 2018

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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, from Anglo-French continuer, from Latin continuare, from continuus — see continual

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continue

verb

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

continue

verb
con·tin·ue | \ kən-ˈtin-yü \
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.

continue

transitive verb
con·tin·ue
continued; continuing

Legal Definition of continue 

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

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