continue




To continue an activity is to keep it going, either with or without interruption. If you ask the newspaper to continue delivering your paper while you are on vacation, you want to receive all the news while you’re away.

The verb continue is related to the word continuous, from the Latin word continuare, meaning “join together” or “connect.” When anything goes on without a break, like the middle school variety show, it continues, uninterrupted. You can also continue something that was paused or set aside. You could, for instance, continue watching the movie that you paused when the pizza was delivered and then continue to drive your parents crazy by texting your friends while watching the movie with them.

Definitions of continue
  1. verb

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

    continue the family tradition”
    synonyms:
    bear on, carry on, preserve, uphold

    go forward, proceed

    move ahead; travel onward in time or space
    go along, go on, keep, proceed

    continue a certain state, condition, or activity
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    cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop

    put an end to a state or an activity
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    re-start, restart, resume

    take up or begin anew
    hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere, persist

    be persistent, refuse to stop
    perpetuate

    cause to continue or prevail
    keep up, prolong, sustain

    lengthen or extend in duration or space
    mummify

    preserve while making lifeless
    obstinate

    persist stubbornly
    ask for it, ask for trouble

    persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause trouble
    plug, plug away

    persist in working hard
    follow, stick to, stick with

    keep to
    keep, keep on, retain

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

    cause to continue indefinitely
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    hold, keep, maintain

    keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., “keep clean”

  2. verb

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

    “We cannot
    continue several servants any longer”
    synonyms:
    keep, keep on, retain

    persist in

    do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop
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    keep up, prolong, sustain

    lengthen or extend in duration or space

  3. verb

    continue a certain state, condition, or activity

    “We
    continued to work into the night”
    synonyms:
    go along, go on, keep, proceed

    bear on, carry on, preserve, uphold

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

    come to or be at an end
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    hold

    remain in a certain state, position, or condition
    keep going, run on

    continue uninterrupted
    ride

    continue undisturbed and without interference
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    act, move

    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

  4. verb

    do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop

    “We
    continued our research into the cause of the illness”
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    persist in

    keep, keep on, retain

    allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
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    act, move

    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

  5. verb

    continue talking

    “”I know it’s hard,” he
    continued, “but there is no choice”
    synonyms:
    carry on, go on, proceed
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    types:

    segue

    proceed without interruption; in music or talk
    jog, ramble, ramble on

    continue talking or writing in a desultory manner
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    speak, talk

    exchange thoughts; talk with

  6. verb

    continue in a place, position, or situation

    “She
    continued as deputy mayor for another year”
    synonyms:
    remain, stay, stay on
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    abide, bide, stay

    dwell
    hold over

    continue a term of office past the normal period of time
    visit

    stay with as a guest
    outstay, overstay

    stay too long
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    be

    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

  7. verb

    continue after an interruption

    “The demonstration
    continued after a break for lunch”
    Synonyms:

    go along, go on, keep, proceed

    continue a certain state, condition, or activity
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    act, move

    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

  8. verb

    move ahead; travel onward in time or space

    “She
    continued in the direction of the hills”
    synonyms:
    go forward, proceed

    bear on, carry on, preserve, uphold

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

    to go or travel towards
    trace

    make one’s course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along
    roar

    act or proceed in a riotous, turbulent, or disorderly way
    limp

    proceed slowly or with difficulty
    wander

    go via an indirect route or at no set pace
    make, take

    head into a specified direction
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    go, locomote, move, travel

    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

  9. verb

    span an interval of distance, space or time

    “The Archipelago
    continues for another 500 miles”
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    cover, extend

    cover

    hold within range of an aimed firearm
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    cross, span, sweep, traverse

    to cover or extend over an area or time period
    sweep

    cover the entire range of
    overlap

    extend over and cover a part of
    overspread, spread

    spread across or over
    ridge

    extend in ridges
    constellate, dot, stud

    scatter or intersperse like dots or studs
    rake

    sweep the length of
    imbricate

    overlap
    transgress

    spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline
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    be

    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

  10. verb

    exist over a prolonged period of time

    “The bad weather
    continued for two more weeks”
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    carry, extend

    continue or extend
    die hard, endure, persist, prevail, run

    continue to exist
    stand

    be in effect; be or remain in force
    carry over

    transfer or persist from one stage or sphere of activity to another
    reverberate

    have a long or continuing effect
    wash

    admit to testing or proof
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    be

    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

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