- to go on after suspension or interruption: The program continued after an intermission.
- to go on or keep on, as in some course or action; extend: The road continues for three miles.
- to last or endure: The strike continued for two months.
- to remain in a particular state or capacity: The general agreed to continue in command of the army.
- to remain in a place; abide; stay: Let us continue in this house forever.
- to go on with or persist in: to continue an action.
- to carry on from the point of suspension or interruption: He continued the concert after the latecomers were seated.
- to extend from one point to another in space; prolong.
- to say in continuation.
- to cause to last or endure; maintain or retain, as in a position.
- to carry over, postpone, or adjourn; keep pending, as a legal proceeding.
Origin of continue
Related Wordsadvance, extend, linger, pursue, reach, stay, remain, maintain, sustain, progress, survive, last, promote, endure, restore, renew, proceed, persevere, project, uphold
Examples from the Web for continue
The debate over who really pulled off the Sony hack, then, could continue indefinitely.Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?
January 8, 2015
Although the blood-spattered offices will be off-limits, staff have vowed to continue producing the magazine.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.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.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
“These towns that are doing it just continue to make New Jersey less and less competitive,” Christie said.Christie Blames Parents for Bad Economy
January 3, 2015
With a nod and a smile, Aspasia said, "Continue the music, I pray you."Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The mails, unless repelled, will continue to be furnished in all parts of the Union.
Tell me, Clary, and tell me truly—Do you not continue to correspond with Mr. Lovelace?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
And as we continue our journey, we think of those who traveled before us.
Second, we will continue our programs for world economic recovery.
- (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)
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.