con·​tin·​ue kən-ˈtin-(ˌ)yü How to pronounce continue (audio)
continued; continuing

intransitive verb

: to maintain without interruption a condition, course, or action
The boat continued downstream.
: to remain in existence : endure
The tradition continues to this day.
: to remain in a place or condition : stay
We cannot continue here much longer.
: to resume an activity after interruption
We'll continue after lunch.

transitive verb

: keep up, maintain
continues walking
: to keep going or add to : prolong
continue the battle
also : to resume after intermission
: to cause to continue
chose not to continue her subscription
: to allow to remain in a place or condition : retain
The trustees were continued.
: to postpone (a legal proceeding) by a continuance
continuer 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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Is this just going to continue to be a patchwork of different problems because of the federal system? CBS News, 27 Nov. 2022 Time will tell how valuable those autographs will become, if Gravy can maintain the momentum and continue growing the fan base. Journal Sentinel, 27 Nov. 2022 The online retail giant is in the process of laying off about 10,000 corporate and tech employees, though the total number of affected workers remains fluid and the process will continue into 2023, CNBC reported Nov. 17. David Ingram, NBC News, 27 Nov. 2022 The spa’s own lawyer will advise them on how to settle, deal with any penalties, and continue to stay in business, legitimately. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 27 Nov. 2022 But the arrival of eight new senators and 28 new representatives also will continue an era of rapid change: More than half of the seats in the House and nearly two-thirds in the Senate will have turned over since 2018, some more than once. Mark Pazniokas, Hartford Courant, 27 Nov. 2022 The first class will be Jan. 15 at 8 a.m. and continue every Sunday through Feb. 19. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2022 Dear Oxford Community, My heart broke for you a year ago and all of you continue to be in my thoughts., 27 Nov. 2022 The coming year is expected to see the pace continue with more Falcon 9 launches, at least two more Falcon Heavy launches. Arkansas Online, 27 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of continue was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Continue.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



con·​tin·​ue kən-ˈtin-yü How to pronounce continue (audio)
continued; continuing
: to do or cause to do the same thing without stopping
I continue to work hard
the weather continued hot and sunny
: to go on or carry on after an interruption : resume
to be continued next week

Legal Definition


transitive verb

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

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