[kuh n-tin-yood]


lasting or enduring without interruption: continued good health.
going on after an interruption; resuming: a continued TV series.

Origin of continued

Related formscon·tin·ued·ly, adverbcon·tin·ued·ness, nounun·con·tin·ued, adjectivewell-con·tin·ued, adjective



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

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.

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

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

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 continued

Contemporary Examples of continued

Historical Examples of continued

  • During the whole of the ensuing day, Paralus continued in a deep sleep.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • "I mean the philosopher, who teaches in the groves of Academus," continued he.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Nevertheless I continued to treat him well on account of the interest you felt in him.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Early this morning we continued on, Windich's horse scarcely able to walk.

  • Continued on eastward and soon struck Mr. Gosse's cart-track.

British Dictionary definitions for continued


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
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Word Origin and History for continued



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