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Meaning of continue by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle French continuer, from Latin continuare .


    • enPR: kən-tĭnʹyo͞o, IPA: /kənˈtɪnjuː/, X-SAMPA: /k@n"tInju/


    continue ( third-person singular simple present continues present participle continuing, simple past and past participle continued )

    1. ( transitive ) to proceed with ( doing an activity ); to prolong ( an activity ) .
      Shall I continue speaking, or will you just interrupt me again?
      Do you want me to continue to unload these boxes?
    2. ( transitive ) To make last; to prolong.
    3. ( transitive ) To retain ( someone ) in a given state, position etc.
    4. ( intransitive ) to resume
      When will the concert continue?
    5. ( poker slang ) To make a continuation bet .

    Usage notes



    continue ( plural: continues )

    1. ( video games ) an option allowing a gamer to resume play after a game over .
    2. ( video games ) an option allowing a player to resume a saved game .


Explanation of continue by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. exist over a prolonged period of time

    2. The bad weather continued for two more weeks
    3. continue talking

    4. I know it's hard,he continued, but there is no choice; carry on--pretend we are not in the room
    5. move ahead

    6. She continued in the direction of the hills
    7. allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

    8. We cannot continue several servants any longer
    9. keep or maintain in unaltered condition

    10. continue the family tradition
    11. continue a certain state, condition, or activity

    12. We continued to work into the night
    13. span an interval of distance, space or time

    14. The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles
    15. continue in a place, position, or situation

    16. She continued as deputy mayor for another year
    17. continue after an interruption

    18. The demonstration continued after a break for lunch
    19. do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop

    20. We continued our research into the cause of the illness

    Definition of continue by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Continue v. i. [imp. & p. p. Continued ; p. pr. & vb. n. Continuing.] [F. continuer, L. continuare, -tinuatum, to connect, continue, fr. continuus. See Continuous, and cf. Continuate.]
      1. To remain in a given place or condition; to remain in connection with; to abide; to stay.

      Here to continue, and build up here

      A growing empire. Milton.

      They continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat. Matt. xv. 32.

      2. To be permanent or durable; to endure; to last.

      But now thy kingdom shall not continue. 1 Sam. xiii. 14.

      3. To be steadfast or constant in any course; to persevere; to abide; to endure; to persist; to keep up or maintain a particular condition, course, or series of actions; as, “the army continued to advance”.

      If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. John viii. 31.

      Syn. -- To persevere; persist. See Persevere.

    2. Continue, v. t.
      1. To unite; to connect. [Obs.]

      the use of the navel is to continue the infant unto the mother. Sir T. browne.

      2. To protract or extend in duration; to preserve or persist in; to cease not.

      O continue thy loving kindness unto them that know thee. Ps. xxxvi. 10.

      You know how to make yourself happy by only continuing such a life as you have been long accustomed to lead. Pope.

      3. To carry onward or extend; to prolong or produce; to add to or draw out in length.

      A bridge of wond'rous length,

      From hell continued, reaching th' utmost orb

      of this frail world. Milton.

      4. To retain; to suffer or cause to remain; as, “the trustees were continued”; also, to suffer to live.

      And how shall we continue Claudio. Shak.