verb (used without object), con·tin·ued, con·tin·u·ing.
verb (used with object), con·tin·ued, con·tin·u·ing.
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Where does continue come from?
Continue entered English around 1300–50. Coming into English through French, continue ultimately comes from the Latin continuāre, meaning “to make all one, join together, connect.” This verb could also mean, much like its English derivative, “to carry on, draw out, prolong, last”—that is, to continue.
The Latin verb continuāre is formed from the adjective continuus. Does continuus look familiar? It’s the direct source of the English continuous, meaning “uninterrupted in time; without cessation” or “being in immediate connection or spatial relationship.”
The Latin adjective continuus meant “uninterrupted, unbroken, continuous.” That’s right: continuus meant, well, continuous. Sometimes, there is a great a deal of continuity in word development.
But we’re not done yet. The Latin continuus is itself ultimately based on another verb, continēre, “to hold or keep together.” So, something that continues—that is, it goes on, keeps on, or endures in some way—stays all held together, in an etymological manner of speaking.
We noted above that continue is ultimately connected to continēre, “to hold together.” Continēre is the source of some other familiar English words, including contain, continent, and content. Does knowing that all these words come from a verb meaning “to hold together” give you any deeper insights into these words?
For all this talk of holding things together, we can, er, continue breaking apart the roots of the Latin verb continēre. It is composed of con–, a productive prefix with the sense of “with, together,” and tenēre, “to hold.”
But don’t be fooled. While detain is related to detention and retain to retention, contain is not related to contention, or “strife, contest, controversy.” Contention is derived from the same Latin root that gives English contend.
Example sentences from the Web for continue
Observations will continue for up to 12 months, with the team looking for changes in police behavior, and frequency and severity around the use of force.There’s little evidence showing which police reforms work|Sujata Gupta|July 9, 2020|Science News
For now, the groups that previously sued will have up to a year to decide whether or not they want to continue pushing their case in court.Morning Report: Latinos Underrepresented So Far in Redistricting Effort|Voice of San Diego|July 9, 2020|Voice of San Diego
His pledge to give away his fortune only got harder as his fortune continued to rise.Why Warren Buffett is falling on the world’s richest list|Claire Zillman, reporter|July 9, 2020|Fortune
First step If possible, tenants should continue to pay rent.Renters face a financial cliff with fewer protections than homeowners|Rachel Schallom|July 8, 2020|Fortune
Emerging economies will continue to need more investment to build out their health infrastructure.