[kuh n-tin-yoo-ey-shuh n]


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.

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

Examples from the Web for continuation

Contemporary Examples of continuation

Historical Examples of continuation

  • It is not serious exactly—it is merely, as it were, a continuation of the confession.

  • Apparently it went straight on up and was a continuation of that lower pit.

    Two Thousand Miles Below

    Charles Willard Diffin

  • It was a narrow apartment, and seemed as if it were the continuation of the corridor.


    Emile Zola

  • And her two daughters-in-law seemed like a continuation of herself.


    Emile Zola

  • The Philebus, like the Cratylus, is supposed to be the continuation of a previous discussion.

British Dictionary definitions for continuation



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).

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