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 continuing

Contemporary Examples of continuing

Historical Examples of continuing

  • Continuing westerly for about ten miles, we reached the water, our bivouac on the 22nd.

  • "Be careful, my dear," said Hubertine, continuing to tease her.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • But Philip had another motive in continuing his acquaintance with that personage.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Mechanically, Molly kissed her brother, continuing to work thoughtfully.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • "We can easily manage it," said the editor, continuing his advantage.

    The Slave Of The Lamp

    Henry Seton Merriman

British Dictionary definitions for continuing


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 continuing



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