What does continue mean?

Definitions for continue
kənˈtɪn yucon·tin·ue

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. continue, go on, proceed, go along, keepverb

    continue a certain state, condition, or activity

    "Keep on working!"; "We continued to work into the night"; "Keep smiling"; "We went on working until well past midnight"

  2. continue, go on, carry on, proceedverb

    continue talking

    "I know it's hard," he continued, "but there is no choice"; "carry on--pretend we are not in the room"

  3. continue, uphold, carry on, bear on, preserveverb

    keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

    "preserve the peace in the family"; "continue the family tradition"; "Carry on the old traditions"

  4. proceed, go forward, continueverb

    move ahead; travel onward in time or space

    "We proceeded towards Washington"; "She continued in the direction of the hills"; "We are moving ahead in time now"

  5. retain, continue, keep, keep onverb

    allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

    "We cannot continue several servants any longer"; "She retains a lawyer"; "The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"; "Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"; "We kept the work going as long as we could"; "She retained her composure"; "this garment retains its shape even after many washings"

  6. continue, persist inverb

    do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop

    "We continued our research into the cause of the illness"; "The landlord persists in asking us to move"

  7. continueverb

    continue after an interruption

    "The demonstration continued after a break for lunch"

  8. stay, stay on, continue, remainverb

    continue in a place, position, or situation

    "After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser"; "Stay with me, please"; "despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year"; "She continued as deputy mayor for another year"

  9. cover, continue, extendverb

    span an interval of distance, space or time

    "The war extended over five years"; "The period covered the turn of the century"; "My land extends over the hills on the horizon"; "This farm covers some 200 acres"; "The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"

  10. continueverb

    exist over a prolonged period of time

    "The bad weather continued for two more weeks"


  1. continuenoun

    an option allowing a gamer to resume play after a game over.

  2. continuenoun

    an option allowing a player to resume a saved game.

  3. continueverb

    to proceed with (doing an activity); to prolong (an activity).

  4. continueverb

    To make last; to prolong.

  5. continueverb

    To retain (someone) in a given state, position etc.

  6. continueverb

    to resume

    When will the concert continue?

  7. continueverb

    To make a continuation bet.

  8. Etymology: From continuer, from continuare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Continueverb

    O continue thy loving kindness unto them. Ps. xxxvi. 10.

    The dark abyss, whose boiling gulph
    Tamely endur’d a bridge of wond’rous length,
    From hell continu’d reaching th’ utmost orb
    Of this frail world. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 1029.

    Here Priam’s son, Deiphobus, he found,
    Whose face and limbs were one continu’d wound;
    Dishonest, with lop’d arms, the youth appears,
    Spoil’d of his nose, and shorten’d of his ears. John Dryden, Æn.

    Where any motion or succession is so slow, as that it keeps not pace with the ideas in our minds, there the series of a constant continued succession is lost; and we perceive it not but with certain gaps of rest between. John Locke.

    You know how to make yourself happy, by only continuing such a life as you have been long accustomed to lead. Alexander Pope.

  2. To CONTINUEverb

    Etymology: continuer, Fr. continuo, Latin.

    The multitude continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat. Mat. xv. 32.

    Thy kingdom shall not continue. 1 Sa. xiii. 14.

    For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Heb. xiii. 14.

    If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. Jo. viii. 31.


  1. continue

    To continue means to persist in an activity or process, carry on, or proceed along a course or journey. It also signifies the action of resuming something that has been interrupted.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Continueverb

    to remain in a given place or condition; to remain in connection with; to abide; to stay

  2. Continueverb

    to be permanent or durable; to endure; to last

  3. Continueverb

    to be steadfast or constant in any course; to persevere; to abide; to endure; to persist; to keep up or maintain a particular condition, course, or series of actions; as, the army continued to advance

  4. Continueverb

    to unite; to connect

  5. Continueverb

    to protract or extend in duration; to preserve or persist in; to cease not

  6. Continueverb

    to carry onward or extend; to prolong or produce; to add to or draw out in length

  7. Continueverb

    to retain; to suffer or cause to remain; as, the trustees were continued; also, to suffer to live


  1. Continue

    Continue is a common term in video games for the option to continue the game after all of the player's lives have been lost, rather than ending the game and restarting from the very beginning. There may or may not be a penalty for doing this, such as losing a certain number of points or being unable to access bonus stages.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Continue

    kon-tin′ū, v.t. to draw out or prolong: to extend or increase in any way: to unite without break: to persist in.—v.i. to remain in the same place or state: to last or endure: to persevere.—adjs. Contin′uable, that may be continued; Contin′ual, without interruption: unceasing.—adv. Contin′ually.—n. Contin′uance, duration: uninterrupted succession: stay.—adjs. Contin′uant; Contin′uāte, close united: (Shak.) unbroken.—ns. Continuā′tion, constant succession: extension; Continuā′tion-day, the same as Contango-day, that on which contangoes are fixed.—adj. Contin′uātive, continuing.—n. Contin′uātor, one who continues or keeps up a series or succession.—adj. Contin′ued, uninterrupted: unceasing: extended.—adv. Contin′uedly.—ns. Contin′uedness; Contin′uer, one who continues, or has the power of persevering; Continū′ity, state of being continuous: uninterrupted connection.—adj. Contin′uous, joined together without interruption.—adv. Contin′uously.—ns. Contin′uousness; Contin′ūum, a continuous thing:—pl. Contin′ua. [Fr.,—L. continuārecontinuus, joined, connected, from continēre.]

Editors Contribution

  1. continue

    To move forward.

    They did continue joyfully together and married before the date they chose.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 17, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'continue' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #836

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'continue' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1113

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'continue' in Verbs Frequency: #77

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of continue in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of continue in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of continue in a Sentence

  1. Stevie Crovetto:

    When we have an opportunity to make improvements to current policies, procedures, guidelines, practices, etc., we act on it and as such, will be revising the graduation dress code. We appreciate this being brought to our attention so we can continue our work towards more inclusive and equitable practices.

  2. Alejandro Mayorkas:

    With the Title 42 public health order set to be lifted, we expect migration levels to increase, as smugglers seek to take advantage of and profit from vulnerable migrants, we will continue to enforce our immigration laws.

  3. Paul Campion:

    My body is weak, I lost a lot of weight, my friends and I are tired but we're determined. We will continue this hunger strike until our demands are met.

  4. Chloe Carson:

    As long as the migration patterns continue, there is a risk for disease to continue to be introduced to our domestic populations.

  5. President Tayyip Erdogan:

    If the putschist Haftar's attacks against the people and legitimate government of Libya continue, we will never refrain from teaching him the lesson he deserves, it is our duty to protect our kin in Libya.

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    out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
    • A. valetudinarian
    • B. naiant
    • C. bonzer
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