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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Despite having been fired by the city from his paying job, Wolf, who lives in Troy, continues to volunteer with the fire department, his lawyer Angela Mannarino said Friday. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Troy city employee lawsuit for wrongful discharge," 14 July 2018 White, 25, said the foot injury continued to weigh on his mind during summer league. Ira Winderman,, "Winderman: Faith in Heat future extends beyond organization itself | Commentary," 14 July 2018 Stewart said the Cardinals coaching staff, specifically Mack and assistant Luke Murray, continue to pitch the same key points in Louisville's favor. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Isaiah Stewart on Chris Mack: 'He’s going to win, no matter what'," 13 July 2018 By May 2016, the Democratic groups hired a cybersecurity company to address the breach, but the GRU officers continued to try to maintain their access to the networks, and remained on the DNC network until October 2016, the indictment said. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Mueller Probe Indicts 12 Russians in Hacking of DNC and Clinton Campaign," 13 July 2018 Amazon said its contract continues to support small businesses. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Governmental bodies jumping on Amazon bandwagon," 12 July 2018 The hearing comes as congressional investigators continue to probe into Department of Justice and FBI oversight after an internal inspector general report criticized leadership at the top levels during the Clinton investigation. CBS News, "FBI's Peter Strzok testifies on anti-Trump bias before House panel -- live updates," 12 July 2018 Authorities will continue searching the park on Wednesday and Thursday until 3 p.m., police said., "FBI joins search in park in connection to Chelsey Coe missing person case," 11 July 2018 O'Rourke's campaign said that about 70 percent of his donations are continuing to come from Texas, and the candidate told supporters Wednesday night that the average contribution was $33. Patrick Svitek, star-telegram, "Beto O’Rourke raises $10.4 million in second quarter in race against Ted Cruz," 11 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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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 \
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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