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 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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Recent Examples on the Web The company did not disclose terms of the eight-year deal but said Chuck Lorre’s juggernaut would continue to run on WarnerMedia’s TBS channel. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, "NBCUniversal will launch its new streamer Peacock in April," 17 Sep. 2019 Despite these battlefield defeats, sleeper cells have continued to launch attacks in both Iraq and Syria. Fox News, "ISIS leader calls for ‘caliphate soldiers’ to free detainees from camps, continue attacks," 17 Sep. 2019 Eintracht's form went off a cliff towards the end of last season, costing them a place in the Champions League, and that hangover has continued into this term, losing two of their four Bundesliga games., "Frankfurt vs Arsenal Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 17 Sep. 2019 The backstop would assure that goods would continue to flow freely over the border, but would also lock Britain into the European Union for an indeterminate time, something that Brexit backers cannot abide. New York Times, "A Brexit Protest, Reporters With Questions, but No Boris Johnson," 16 Sep. 2019 Our country has continued to embrace the idea of using force to solve social problems long after other democracies have abandoned that approach as inhumane and counterproductive. Kenneth E. Hartman, Harper's magazine, "Life after Life," 16 Sep. 2019 While New York may boast some of the buzziest household names in the fashion schedule, London has some of the most fearless innovators whose collections — and subsequent beauty looks — continue to push boundaries each season. Allure, "The Best Hair and Makeup From London Fashion Week," 15 Sep. 2019 The company continues to reach out to all demographic groups with its specialty teas, said Blair Price, director of marketing for tea with The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. Pratik Joshi, The Denver Post, "Long before ‘natural’ was cool, Celestial Seasonings saw the future in tea leaves," 14 Sep. 2019 Kriske said the extension would continue to strengthen and increase ridership on the line by connecting Burbank to a Metro light-rail hub. Anthony Clark Carpio, Burbank Leader, "Officials put brakes on BurbankBus Gold Route, steer toward other changes," 13 Sep. 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 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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“Continue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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.
continued; continuing

Legal Definition of continue

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

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