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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The recon flight also reported that the central pressure has continued to fall, another sign of strengthening. Leigh Morgan, al.com, "Tropical Storm Barry afternoon update: Barry’s winds and rain now moving into Louisiana," 12 July 2019 Watcher eventually hopes to become a building-wide reading specialist, but would like to continue building her skills as a classroom teacher for the time being. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "McDaniel College graduate students assist elementary-schoolers with reading in summer clinic," 12 July 2019 Royal Caribbean Cruises spokesman Owen Torres said in a statement Wednesday that the company continues assisting local authorities in San Juan in their investigation. CBS News, "Indiana family of girl killed in cruise ship fall is "desperate to get home," lawyer says," 11 July 2019 In remarks before the House on Wednesday, Powell noted that inflation continued to be below the central bank's 2% target. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Dow and S&P 500 hit new record highs," 11 July 2019 That’s assuming, of course, that Beijing will continue to prioritize economic gain over politics. Time, "Why Business Has a Stake in Hong Kong's Protests," 11 July 2019 Common sense needs to prevail over nostalgia or the sliver of hope that the Giants can continue to win and slide into a wild-card spot. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants open second half with pressing trade questions and a sliver of hope," 11 July 2019 Prince Harry shared an exceedingly close bond with his late mother, Princess Diana — and today, that bond continues with his mother’s family. Michelle Tauber, PEOPLE.com, "Why ‘It Meant a Lot’ to Prince Harry for Princess Diana’s Sisters to Attend Archie's Christening," 11 July 2019 Instead of being subsumed into the polyglot, bureaucratically mismanaged and socialistic Babel of the European Union, Britain is about to opt once again for its relationships across the broad oceans as a continuing sovereign country. Conrad Black, National Review, "A Strong U.S. Needs a Strong U.K.," 11 July 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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