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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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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As the wait for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal baby continues, rumors have started to percolate suggesting that Meghan already gave birth to her child and the royal couple is keeping the baby a secret. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "When Meghan Markle Is in Labor with the Royal Baby There Will Reportedly Be an Announcement From the Palace," 2 May 2019 Sprinkle with chipotle powder, cumin, and ½ tsp salt and cook, continuing to break it up, 2 minutes more. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Smoky Beef Tacos," 29 Apr. 2019 Plot twist: said retirement actually had a super-short life span, as the veteran fisherman continued to document his off-camera at-sea jaunts via social media shortly after. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "This Is Why 'Deadliest Catch' Won't Feature the Time Bandit Anymore," 28 Apr. 2019 And thanks to an outpouring of donations, Notre-Dame de Paris will be whole again—a continuing testament to the power of architecture and design to inspire and uplift. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "Notre-Dame Cathedral Symbolizes the Power of Architecture to Transform Lives," 16 Apr. 2019 The market got an early boost from new economic data out of China showing the world’s second-largest economy benefited from a surge in exports last month, even as Beijing and Washington continued to negotiate a resolution to their costly trade war. Alex Veiga, The Seattle Times, "S&P 500 notches 3rd straight weekly gain as US stocks rally," 14 Apr. 2019 The installed price for wind energy has fallen more than 90 percent since the 1980s and is continuing to drop as wind energy scales up. Umair Irfan, Vox, "4 maps that show who’s being left behind in America’s wind-power boom," 28 Mar. 2019 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

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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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