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 State and local officials have been optimistic that vaccine allocation will increase significantly over the next several weeks but have warned that supply will continue to be constrained as competition for shots grows by the millions. Colleen Shalby, Los Angeles Times, "A guide to getting the COVID-19 vaccine for Californians 50 and over. It all begins Thursday," 31 Mar. 2021 The often cringeworthy news reports illustrated that Asian Americans unfortunately continue to be othered and dehumanized by U.S. media today. Regina Kim, Rolling Stone, "Atlanta Shootings: What Korean-Language Media Told Us That the Mainstream Media Didn’t," 31 Mar. 2021 It is based on the expectation that the United States, its government, and its financial prowess will continue forever. David Beckworth, National Review, "Why Investors Can’t Quit U.S. Debt," 31 Mar. 2021 Recent data hints that this encouraging trend will continue. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "New Parents Are Now Vaccinating for Two," 31 Mar. 2021 For now, Indy Eleven supporters will have to continue waiting for the club to iron out the location of its future permanent home. Kevin Johnston, The Indianapolis Star, "Indy Eleven push back Eleven Park site announcement," 31 Mar. 2021 The organization, which has previously called for an inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic, said that volunteers would continue to add hearts to the wall until the pandemic is over. Washington Post, "145,000 hearts are being painted on a wall opposite Britain’s Parliament — one for each life lost to covid-19," 30 Mar. 2021 Some have remained all-remote and that option will continue to be offered for the rest of the school year, district officials said. Daniel I. Dorfman,, "Lake Forest High School moving to full, in-person instruction after spring break," 30 Mar. 2021 Still, some experts say that public schools should continue to take a measured approach to reopening in hopes of building trust with families. Lillian Reed,, "Baltimore-area school systems won’t immediately adopt new federal, state spacing recommendations," 29 Mar. 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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4 Apr 2021

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“Continue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 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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