con·​tin·​u·​ous·​ly kən-ˈtin-yü-əs-lē How to pronounce continuously (audio)
: in a continuous manner : without interruption
a business that has been operating continuously for more than 50 years
a monitoring system that runs continuously
one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world
The pressure was building slowly and continuously for several hours.
Editors are continuously updating the dictionary.
Sauté slowly, about 5 minutes, stirring continuously.Owen Dugan

Examples of continuously in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant continuously takes more wastewater from Mexico than it was designed to handle. Tammy Murga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2023 And each brain can learn continuously, rather than being trained once, then pushed out into the world. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 One-by-one, pro-Palestinian protesters continuously disrupt a House Judiciary Committee hearing about free speech on college campuses. Ellie Silverman, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 He's continuously hit Reeves' objection to expanding Medicaid coverage, a move that could significantly bolster resources for the working poor and keep hospitals solvent. Brittany Shepherd, ABC News, 7 Nov. 2023 The two countries were also almost continuously at war during the 18th century, including the Seven Years' War, which was fought in Europe, the Americas, and Asia-Pacific as England and France tried to establish global dominance with the aid of their respective allies. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 6 Nov. 2023 One group had to sit together in a room for four hours, continuously coming up with new ideas. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 6 Nov. 2023 Google, an entity synonymous with cutting-edge technology advancements and long term leader in the AI spectrum, has continuously redefined the horizons of what's possible. Photovogue, Vogue, 6 Nov. 2023 The two parties have been back at the bargaining table and meeting continuously since Oct. 24. Pamela McClintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


continuous + -ly entry 2

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of continuously was in 1663

Dictionary Entries Near continuously

Cite this Entry

“Continuously.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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