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.
How to use continue in a sentence
Non-challenge replay reviews per game were actually down during the pre-hiatus regular season compared to the past two regular seasons, and that continued through the seeding games.Don’t Blame The Refs For All Of These Replay Reviews|Jared Dubin|September 17, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
They continue to hold events and run advertisements focused on this theme.Biden questions whether a vaccine approved by Trump would be safe|Sean Sullivan|September 16, 2020|Washington Post
More likely, the Stars will get punished by a team like Tampa Bay if they continue to concede at their current rate.Teams Don’t Win The Stanley Cup With A Goal Deficit. Can The Dallas Stars Change That?|Terrence Doyle|September 16, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
Puerto Rican voters have tended to favor Democrats, and Biden is wagering that he can continue that trend.Biden visits Florida as Democrats worry about his standing in the state|Sean Sullivan|September 15, 2020|Washington Post
The Greens' presidential nominee, Howie Hawkins, has continued to campaign despite the ballot challenges.
The debate over who really pulled off the Sony hack, then, could continue indefinitely.
Although the blood-spattered offices will be off-limits, staff have vowed to continue producing the magazine.
They tried to continue their getaway but had to quickly abandon their vehicle on the Rue de Meaux in the 19th.
“Our members continue to face a number of challenges,” she said.
The people who are involved in the violence, they figure out ways to remain here at all costs and continue causing trouble.
Felipe was so full of impatience to continue his search, that he hardly listened to the Father's words.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
If he continue, he shall leave a name above a thousand: and if he rest, it shall be to his advantage.
It was never the intention of the Federal Reserve Act that member banks should continue the maintenance of these reserve accounts.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
Take care of a good name: for this shall continue with thee, more than a thousand treasures precious and great.
A good life hath its number of days: but a good name shall continue for ever.