verb (used without object), con·tin·ued, con·tin·u·ing.

verb (used with object), con·tin·ued, con·tin·u·ing.

Origin of continue

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin continuāre to make all one, verbal derivative of continuus continuous
Related formscon·tin·u·a·ble, adjectivecon·tin·u·er, nouncon·tin·u·ing·ly, adverbnon·con·tin·u·a·ble, adjectivenon·con·tin·u·a·bly, adverb

Synonym study

3. Continue, endure, persist, persevere, last, remain imply existing uninterruptedly for an appreciable length of time. Continue implies duration or existence without break or interruption. Endure, used of people or things, implies persistent continuance against influences that tend to weaken, undermine, or destroy. Persist and persevere, used principally of people, both imply firm and steadfast continuance in the face of opposition. Persist suggests human opposition: He persisted after he had been warned; and persevere suggests opposition from any source, often an impersonal one: He persevered despite fatigue. Last often applies to something that holds out to a desired end, fresh, unimpaired, or unexhausted, sometimes under conditions that tend to produce the opposite effect: They had provisions enough to last all winter. Remain is especially applied to what continues without change in its essential state: He remained a bachelor.

Antonyms for continue

2. cease. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for continue

Contemporary Examples of continue

  • The debate over who really pulled off the Sony hack, then, could continue indefinitely.

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    Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?

    Shane Harris

    January 8, 2015

  • Although the blood-spattered offices will be off-limits, staff have vowed to continue producing the magazine.

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    France Mourns—and Hunts

    Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey

    January 8, 2015

  • They tried to continue their getaway but had to quickly abandon their vehicle on the Rue de Meaux in the 19th.

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    Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects

    Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey

    January 7, 2015

  • The people who are involved in the violence, they figure out ways to remain here at all costs and continue causing trouble.

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    Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder

    Jason McGahan

    January 7, 2015

  • “These towns that are doing it just continue to make New Jersey less and less competitive,” Christie said.

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    Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy

    Monica Potts

    January 3, 2015

Historical Examples of continue

British Dictionary definitions for continue


verb -ues, -uing or -ued

(when tr, may take an infinitive) to remain or cause to remain in a particular condition, capacity, or place
(when tr, may take an infinitive) to carry on uninterruptedly (a course of action); persist in (something)he continued running
(when tr, may take an infinitive) to resume after an interruptionwe'll continue after lunch
to draw out or be drawn out; prolong or be prolongedcontinue the chord until it meets the tangent
(tr) law, mainly Scot to postpone or adjourn (legal proceedings)
Derived Formscontinuable, adjectivecontinuer, nouncontinuingly, adverb

Word Origin for continue

C14: from Old French continuer, from Latin continuāre to join together, from continuus continuous
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for continue

mid-14c., contynuen, from Old French continuer (13c.), from Latin continuare "join together, connect, make or be continuous," from continuus "uninterrupted," from continere (intransitive) "to be uninterrupted," literally "to hang together" (see contain). Related: Continued; continuing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper