Definition of continuation in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action of carrying something on over time or the state of being carried on.

    ‘the continuation of discussions about a permanent peace’
    • ‘In due course this strategy would have the advantage of making unnecessary the continuation of American economic aid to Western Europe.’
    • ‘The trouble is, of course, that the civil war was itself the legacy of British imperialism's continuation through the post-colonial era.’
    • ‘For the institution of the High Court the appointment of a new Judge reflects a process of continuation and renewal.’
    • ‘Nowhere, perhaps, is this as exasperating as in the terrible continuation of massive hunger and undernourishment in India.’
    • ‘What resulted is a discussion on record to obtain new dates for continuation.’
    • ‘What we did today was simply to clarify just loads and loads of questions, and there will be that continuation of that same process this evening.’
    • ‘So if the work-for-the-dole scheme fails its own criteria, one may justly ask what's the point of its continuation?’
    • ‘The continuation of its current reform path should enable Bulgaria to cope with competitive pressure and market forces within the Union.’
    • ‘This e-mail is partly an afterthought and partly continuation of our discussion from last night.’
    • ‘I'm proud of my mother's family history, and of what my last name represents in terms of connection to and continuation of that history.’
    • ‘I note that one of the major recommendations was that continuation of research is critical to New Zealand's future.’
    • ‘Which leaves the question of what we'll get when the feature-length continuation of the show debuts almost a year from now.’
    • ‘The continuation of the human society as we know it now is a function of today's youths who will be tomorrow's adults guiding those coming behind them.’
    • ‘The annual Budget is a natural process of continuation of financial policies and it should build up on the edifice that exists already.’
    • ‘Services needed to be used to guarantee continuation.’
    • ‘Perhaps the most obvious issue is resumption, continuation, or worsening of substance abuse.’
    • ‘The continuation of this style of development is welcome.’
    • ‘As necessity dictates, there are sinister reasons behind all that unfolds, and at the end the scene is set for an even darker and gloomier continuation.’
    • ‘The quiz programme is in continuation and in addition to the lecture series on the above subjects regularly held once in a month on Sundays.’
    • ‘Wherever we finish up, my top priority is to obtain the best deal for the members and within that I'd like to see healthy continuation of the protection business.’
    resumption, reopening, restart, renewal
    carrying on, continuance, prolongation, protraction
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    1. 1.1The state of remaining in a particular position or condition.
      ‘the government's continuation in office’
      • ‘This hardly bodes well for those seeking to perpetuate the continuation of the dollar reserve system in its current form.’
      • ‘I think this conversation would best be served by continuation in the Admiral's office, don't you think?’
      • ‘They argue that his contributions are nothing more than a continuation of Stalin's positions.’
      • ‘Low education levels, in turn, promote the continuation of these underlying conditions.’
      • ‘There is almost no place for effective resistance to the maintenance and continuation of this order.’
      • ‘A continuation of this positive outlook hinged on the commitment of the Government to stay on course in the reform process, he added.’
      • ‘Another concern is the continuation of drought conditions across much of the south-east of the country.’
      • ‘In fact, he won elections just two years ago, with 53 percent of the vote, and is ready to hold a referendum on his continuation in office next June.’
      • ‘They said his continuation in office was ensuring that the tensions remained.’
      • ‘What was the position taken at trial as to the continuation of the contract?’
      • ‘As long as such funding is given without conditions it is the best way of ensuring the continuation of academic freedom and the existence of the university in any meaningful sense.’
      • ‘Our submission is that it is an affront to the administration of justice if the continuation of the proceedings would be an abuse.’
      • ‘For much the same reason, we support the continuation of the office of Queen's Counsel.’
      • ‘The continuation of economic austerity policies under these conditions has provoked a wave of upheavals throughout the continent.’
      • ‘Its mission then as now is to preserve artifacts and works of art and to assure the continuation of the Spanish colonial art tradition.’
      • ‘The continuation of such appalling conditions is cause for anger and consternation across a wide spectrum of animal lovers.’
      • ‘Required preventative treatments as a condition for issuance and continuation of a policy.’
      • ‘The real blame for the continuation in office of the increasingly megalomaniacal Maire lies with the Liberals.’
      • ‘The safest course may well be for the lender to express its proposals for rehabilitation of the company in the form of conditions for continuation of its support.’
      • ‘Although they are guaranteed labor rights on paper, guestworkers depend on the continuation of a job to remain in the country.’
      carrying on, continuance, prolongation, protraction
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    2. 1.2[count noun], [usually in singular]A part that is attached to and is an extension of something else.
      ‘once a separate village, it is now a continuation of the suburbs’
      • ‘This is often accomplished through a juxtaposition of scenes that could almost be continuations of each other, if it were not for the change in location and actors.’
      • ‘Today, many of these paintings seem tame - mere continuations of Western traditions of portraying the nude; yet in their time, they triggered widespread outrage.’
      • ‘Computer networks are continuations of earlier communication technologies such as the telegraph and telephone, radio and television, and similar devices that rely on networked infrastructures.’
      • ‘Incidentally, if readers who view the above patents are puzzled by their recent dates, it's because both were filed as continuations of previous filings, going back to the dates listed above.’
      • ‘Do postcolonialism and postmodernism herald the birth of a new era, or are they merely continuations of the old under a new guise?’
      • ‘However, the common tendencies observed among similar economies are tendencies that do not seem to be simply continuations of historic trends.’
      • ‘The six books under consideration reveal some newer trends as well as continuations of older tendencies in Romantic studies.’
      • ‘A friend of mine likes to create continuations of books he reads.’
      • ‘They are mostly continuations of scenes already in the film, and would not have added much to the finished product.’
      • ‘A lot of the problems that we have nowadays in the world are very obviously continuations and connections from things that have gone on long ago.’
      • ‘From one position there might be 20 possible moves, and from each of those there are 20 for the other player, and so on, so after N moves there are 20 to the power N different possible continuations.’
      • ‘These decisions are continuations of situations already in play, and it's your job to move them into the next phase.’
      • ‘In order to develop a profile of the market during the period under examination, the audit firms that represented continuations of partnerships and named individual members of firms were grouped together.’
      • ‘Although hypnopompic imagery was originally defined as a persistence of dream imagery into wakefulness, it seems that the images are not always continuations of dreams because they can begin after the sleeper has awoken.’
      • ‘Instead of coming up with ways to ‘legally’ marry her, the only thoughts coming to him were continuations of his visions for the future.’
      • ‘The linear challenges will be met with science and technology efforts maturing before 2020, which are continuations of today's current technology.’
      • ‘Sequels contain the continuations of powerful stories.’
      • ‘Despite the broken-backed attempts by his contemporaries to reinvent his fiction in the form of parodies, continuations, burlettas, and melodramas, the novels themselves appear to have always won the day.’
      • ‘Mothers also may contribute to a social construction of gender by treating their sons as different from themselves, while treating their daughters as similar, or continuations, of themselves.’
      • ‘She dined with presidents and prime ministers, often at her home, and frequently at the salons of the rich and powerful, where the conversations often were continuations of parliamentary or embassy debates.’
      extension, addition
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Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin continuatio(n-), from continuare continue, from continuus (see continuous).