- (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 interruption: we'll continue after lunch
- to draw out or be drawn out; prolong or be prolonged: continue the chord until it meets the tangent
- (transitive) chiefly Scot to postpone or adjourn (legal proceedings)
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- to (cause to) go on without interruption, as in some course or action: [no object]The road continues for three miles.[~ + object]The army continued the battle for another three weeks.
- to (cause to) go on after interrupting;
resume: [no object]He continued with his work after dinner.[~ + object]He continued his work after dinner.
- to (cause to) last long or endure: [no object]The strike continued for two months.[~ + object]The union voted to continue the strike for two months.
- [no object; ~ + as + noun] to remain in a particular state, position, etc.: He agreed to continue as commander.
- to keep on with;
persist (in): [~ + verb-ing]She sat up and continued reading.[~ + to + verb]She sat up and continued to read.
- to keep talking from the point of stopping or being interrupted:[used with quotations]"Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain,'' he continued.
- continue is a verb, continuous is an adjective, continuity is a noun:I continued to try harder. There was a continuous line of cars on the road. There was no continuity at work because the rules were always changing.
- continue, endure, persist, last all have the meaning "existing without interruption for some lengthy period of time.'' continue implies going on or existing without a break or an interruption: The rain continued for two days. endure, used of people or things, implies steady continuing despite influences that tend to weaken, get in the way, or destroy: The temple has endured for centuries. persist implies an ability to go on longer than expected while facing opposition: to persist in an unpopular belief. last implies remaining in good condition or having an adequate supply: I hope the liquor lasts until the end of the party.
- 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;
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;
- 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.
- Latin continuāre to make all one, verb, verbal derivative of continuus continuous
- Middle English ( 1300–50
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged 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 esp. applied to what continues without change in its essential state:He remained a bachelor.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged cease.