continue

verb
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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Other Words from continue

continuer \ kən-​ˈtin-​yü-​ər How to pronounce continuer (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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Camp Cope continues to use their platform to hold the music industry accountable. Caitlin Wolper, Teen Vogue, "Camp Cope on Supporting Other Women in Music and Calling Out Festival Lineups," 2 May 2019 For now, at least, the wait for the royal baby continues. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry's London Marathon Visit Implies Meghan Hasn't Given Birth Yet," 28 Apr. 2019 Still, a critical aspect of this conversation continues to be overlooked: reproductive freedom. Ilyse Hogue, Glamour, "Attention Corporate America, Women Need to Know That You Support Their Reproductive Rights," 23 Apr. 2019 Since then, the show continues to be performed all around the world in professional productions and high school renditions alike. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the "West Side Story" Remake," 17 Apr. 2019 Votes are tabulated and the results posted; the frenzy continues until the money is used up. Jeremy Kinser, Town & Country, "Is This Star-Studded LACMA Party the Art World's American Idol?," 17 Mar. 2019 The canary-colored 16th-century monastery at the center of town was built on top of a Mesoamerican temple, and the color yellow continues to pay homage to the region’s Mayan roots. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 Nobel Watch 2019 continued on The Big Bang Theory this week as Amy and Sheldon were forced to do damage control following their outburst (well, Amy's) in front of laureates, peers, and imposters (Pemberton and Campbell, for those keeping track). Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 19 Apr. 2019 For the nearly 600-year-old pastime, though, its attempts to lure the younger crowd will continue to suffer from challenges that even the greatest of athletes can’t help overcome. Lauren Silva Laughlin, WSJ, "Tiger Woods Can’t Keep Golf Out of the Bunker," 19 Apr. 2019

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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 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.

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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