verb con·tin·ue \ kən-ˈtin-(ˌ)yü \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of continue

continued; continuing
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.
1 a : 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


play \kən-ˈtin-yü-ər\ noun

Examples of continue in a Sentence

  1. The team will continue with their drills until the coach is satisfied with their performance.

  2. The world's population continues to grow.

  3. The traditions will continue only as long as the next generations keep them alive.

  4. The good weather continued for several days.

  5. The lecture continued for another hour after we left.

  6. Exit the highway, take a right off the ramp, then continue down the street until you get to the first traffic light.

  7. Continue along this path until you come to the end.

  8. The plot gets more and more intricate as the story continues.

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Origin and Etymology of continue

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

Synonym Discussion of continue

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

CONTINUE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of continue for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb con·tin·ue \ kən-ˈtin-yü \

Definition of continue for Students

continued; continuing
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.

Law Dictionary


transitive verb con·tin·ue

legal Definition of continue

continued; continuing
: to postpone (a legal proceeding) to a future day

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