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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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 Japan will continue its nuclear fuel reprocessing cycle, in which spent nuclear fuel is converted to plutonium, despite the failure of its Monju plutonium-burning reactor and international concerns over safeguards for its plutonium stockpile. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Oct. 2021 The agency said that hunters should expect this trend to continue this year. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Oct. 2021 With nine days between their preseason finale and Thursday, the Clippers staged essentially a second training camp, enough time for coach Tyronn Lue to continue to hammer his talking points. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 Nearly 50 million workers switched last year from an office environment to work-from-home (WFH), allowing large parts of the U.S. economy to continue functioning despite social distancing requirements during the pandemic. Calvin Schnure, Forbes, 21 Oct. 2021 That's really a long time for people to continue to support me. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Oct. 2021 The Naperville City Council will allow staff and a task force to continue its work drafting policies and procedures for curating public art in the city. Suzanne Baker, chicagotribune.com, 21 Oct. 2021 The month-over-month increase was the first since June, and Robin expects that increase in office visits to continue through November before dropping around the holidays. cleveland, 20 Oct. 2021 Analysts expect Tesla’s vehicle deliveries to continue to climb in the current quarter to around 266,000, according to FactSet—positioning the company to hand over nearly 900,000 vehicles to customers in 2021. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, 20 Oct. 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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25 Oct 2021

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“Continue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/continue. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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