[ kuh n-tin-yoo-ey-shuh n ]
/ kənˌtɪn yuˈeɪ ʃən /


the act or state of continuing; the state of being continued.
extension or carrying on to a further point: to request the continuation of a loan.
something that continues some preceding thing by being of the same kind or having a similar content: Today's weather will be a continuation of yesterday's.
Library Science.
  1. a supplement to a publication previously issued.
  2. a work published in continuance of a monograph, serial, or series.
British Stock Exchange. contango.

Nearby words

  1. continual,
  2. continually,
  3. continuance,
  4. continuant,
  5. continuate,
  6. continuation school,
  7. continuative,
  8. continuator,
  9. continue,
  10. continued

Origin of continuation

1350–1400; Middle English continuacio(u)n (< Anglo-French) < Latin continuātiōn- (stem of continuātiō). See continuate, -ion

Related formsnon·con·tin·u·a·tion, nounpro·con·tin·u·a·tion, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for continuation


/ (kənˌtɪnjʊˈeɪʃən) /


a part or thing added, esp to a book or play, that serves to continue or extend; sequel
a renewal of an interrupted action, process, etc; resumption
the act or fact of continuing without interruption; prolongation
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Word Origin and History for continuation



late 14c., from Old French continuation (13c.), or directly from Latin continuationem (nominative continuatio), noun of action from continuat-, past participle stem of continuare (see continue).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper