Definition of continue in English:



  • 1no object Persist in an activity or process.

    ‘he was unable to continue with his job’
    with infinitive ‘prices continued to fall during April’
    • ‘As she stoops to pick one up, more items fall out, and the process continues.’
    • ‘Also the good news is that the price of memory is continuing to fall.’
    • ‘His prediction is that prices will continue to rise relentlessly.’
    • ‘The oil price continues to fall - it is now down some 10% since the conflict began three weeks ago.’
    • ‘Instead, companies continue to import and process raw coffee beans in Europe.’
    • ‘The voltage is then incremented and the process continues until a determination is made as to the objects operability.’
    • ‘Wholesale prices of heroin continued to fall since the start of last year.’
    • ‘He would much rather be judged on whether share prices continue to rise or fall ahead of a bid or profit warning.’
    • ‘How will they be able to continue to insist on price cuts of medicines by more than nine per cent every year?’
    • ‘It is because of this, and despite the constant attempts by central banks to inflate the currency, that prices are continuing to fall for consumer goods.’
    • ‘Two patients were unable to continue their normal activities because of symptoms.’
    • ‘This process continues until the computer can determine your competence in all areas of the test plan.’
    • ‘Foreign prices continue to fall, reducing the product's profitability still further.’
    • ‘The education process continues after the patient returns home through telephone calls and e-mail.’
    • ‘The best guess for the future stock market has to be that it will continue to fall in price.’
    • ‘Many households are also having to adjust after their fixed-rate mortgage agreements end this summer after two years and property prices are continuing to fall.’
    • ‘The job destruction is continuing as the process of corporate restructuring intensifies.’
    • ‘Prices will continue to fall, and those financing deals will still be in place for months to come.’
    • ‘This persistence continued with the boy insisting that we have sweets at his employer's stall.’
    • ‘It also falls short of answering nagging questions that continue to persist.’
    ongoing, continuous, sustained, persistent, steady, relentless, uninterrupted, unabating, unremitting, unrelieved, unrelenting, unceasing
    carry on with, go on with, keep on with, proceed with, pursue
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    1. 1.1 Remain in existence or operation.
      ‘discussions continued throughout the year’
      • ‘While lifting the need for a joint venture partner in order to set up operations, there will continue to be a limit on branch openings.’
      • ‘Well, Miles, that's the latest that we have - that it isn't over, that the operation continues.’
      • ‘Police in Wiltshire are continuing with the operation and more charges and arrests are expected within the next month.’
      • ‘He said that it was unlikely families would be able to visit the scene of the attacks while the recovery operation continues but that he hoped they would be able to trace their loved ones.’
      • ‘The 46 per cent burns he suffered on that day have required a series of operations, which continue to this day.’
      • ‘It is extraordinary that the discussions continued throughout the day and, indeed, the night.’
      • ‘It was unable to open its doors early today as the huge clean-up operation continued.’
      • ‘A massive clean-up operation is continuing in many parts of the city after Hallowe'en bonfires wreaked havoc in a number of green areas on Sunday night.’
      • ‘He added that the rescue operation would continue throughout today and promised a full investigation into what happened.’
      • ‘Now the first is gone, the second will soon be gone and if the trend continues, the existence of the third will be in danger as well.’
      • ‘While a clean-up operation continues, teachers are compiling lists of missing items.’
      • ‘The recovery and clear-up operation continued through the rest of the day and deep into the night.’
      • ‘As the operation continues, calls have been received from local residents expressing sympathy for those who have died.’
      • ‘The tourism development at Eastern Passage has been scaled back to an eight-month operation, rather than continuing on a year-round basis.’
      • ‘Cleaning, maintenance and service operations will continue throughout the warm-down period.’
      • ‘This cycle continues throughout the security operation as events dictate.’
      • ‘That radio call set off a recovery operation that is still continuing.’
      • ‘We will continue with these operations to protect the public.’
      • ‘Brian, what do you know at this time about how long this operation may continue?’
      • ‘The company has closed its commercial printing operation but continues to sell print capacity on an out-sourced basis.’
      go on, carry on, extend, run on, drag on
      last, endure, go on, be prolonged, live on, survive
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    2. 1.2 Remain in a specified position or state.
      ‘they have indicated their willingness to continue in office’
      with complement ‘the weather continued warm and pleasant’
      ‘a continuing controversy’
      • ‘Before continuing, they warmed their cold bodies around the morning fire.’
      • ‘He was to continue to hold this position until his own death.’
      • ‘Are you willing to continue in the position if the President nominates you again?’
      • ‘The heavy dew at this time of year reduces the need for watering but check if the weather continues to be warm and dry.’
      • ‘A cadenced curve of arched boxes undulates around the auditorium and continues in an arcade behind the stage.’
      • ‘The pair were verbally abused and had stones thrown at them when they confronted the gang, who continued to hang around for more than an hour.’
      • ‘The hot weather looks set to continue for the rest of the week and into the weekend.’
      • ‘He continued briefly at his position after his arrest in October of last year.’
      • ‘This means the divot should start at the impact position and continue ahead of it.’
      • ‘Let's hope the weather continues to play a positive role.’
      • ‘The wait continues for a positive ID on the human remains found in North Carolina.’
      • ‘In the office market, western Europe continued to strengthen its position last year.’
      • ‘I believe that by passing this legislation we will continue to maintain that position.’
      • ‘If the weather continues to get warmer and the ice caps continue to melt, the level of the sea would rise and several of the sea ports that we know would be submerged.’
      • ‘Recruitment for the remaining forum positions is continuing.’
      • ‘This continued to be the position at the time of the hearing.’
      • ‘The company's cash position continued to weaken over the last quarter, due to cash spent on acquisitions.’
      • ‘The breadth of the billing confirms how many genres around the world continue to be warmed by it.’
      • ‘Confronted with a red traffic light at the junction with Little Queen Street he swerved around waiting vehicles and continued.’
      • ‘The most important thing is that we stay positive and continue to try and play the passing game that has got us into this position.’
      remain, stay, carry on, keep going
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    3. 1.3with object Carry on with (something that one has begun)
      ‘the Archive has continued its programme of research’
      ‘he asked for their continued support’
      • ‘Maxwell also continued work he had begun at Aberdeen, considering the kinetic theory of gases.’
      • ‘The foursome came to Toronto last week to promote the film, continuing a collaboration that began right after auditions.’
      • ‘Thus I cannot see that there is any valid argument to support continuing the current practice of allowing the vile habit of Smoking in areas where the Public cannot avoid being.’
      • ‘Workers employed by a property cleaning service are continuing the strike they began on May 29.’
      • ‘His gaze lifted, and he began walking, continuing his aimless trek around Seattle.’
      • ‘He arrived in the country two years ago, to continue work he began elsewhere.’
      • ‘During his time in custody he had begun a detoxifying programme and wanted to continue it.’
      • ‘The next cadence of the song began and Elizabeth continued her singing quietly.’
      • ‘However, both drivers obtained good information on the tyres, and we continue the set-up work begun yesterday.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the work he began was continued by the banks which had offered him credit.’
      • ‘As the album continues it begins to slow down and focus more, the twists and turns occurring a little less frequently.’
      • ‘Chambermaids in France are continuing the strike they began on March 7.’
      • ‘The program is accredited and graduates can begin or continue study towards a college degree.’
      • ‘All that is needed is the stated readiness of the offender to begin and then continue treatment.’
      • ‘If its funding crisis continues it may well begin to lag behind others in building a profitable customer base.’
      • ‘Steve and others honor him by continuing the work Rob began.’
      • ‘When the U.S. economy begins and continues a strong recovery over a period of time, will they prosper?’
      • ‘Doctors are continuing their strike that began on January 14 in protest over low pay and growing workloads.’
      • ‘Secondly, members will examine how to continue the dialogue begun in Barbados.’
      • ‘As May begins, Mercury is continuing the poor apparition it made in April, hanging low in the east at sunrise.’
      maintain, keep up, sustain, keep going, keep alive, preserve, prolong, extend, protract, perpetuate
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    4. 1.4with adverbial of direction Carry on travelling in the same direction.
      ‘they continued northwards to Glasgow’
      • ‘Not only that, but in both states, rain continued to travel downward rather than upward.’
      • ‘They walk off the road in various directions and continue blithely on their way.’
      • ‘On the northeast side of the stope a small drift continued in a northeast direction.’
      • ‘After taking in the views, the walk continues in the same direction northwards from the summit towards a wall on top of the plateau.’
      • ‘Tom, who told the Evening Press he did not want to comment, was believed to be continuing his travels down river today.’
      • ‘At the key intersection the road signs direct travelers to either continue west or turn south.’
      • ‘The drive northwards will continue as the old North / South divide narrows.’
      • ‘Let us all hope that the journey will continue in the right direction.’
      • ‘These losses will keep rising as the bear market continues its relentless path to a distant future bottom.’
      • ‘He took a turn in the right direction, and continued to drive me home.’
      • ‘They tried to continue on the main path, but the roots and branches had grown over many paths so they couldn't get through.’
      • ‘While humming to herself happily, she continued walking in the direction of her next class.’
      • ‘I wrinkled my nose in her general direction and continued to my locker at the far end of the hallway.’
      • ‘As it passed us, it turned counterclockwise, but continued to travel in a straight line.’
      • ‘We have to make sure that he is denied the opportunity to continue moving in this direction.’
      • ‘This makes perfect sense to your maintenance man, so Frank continues in the direction he proposed.’
      • ‘Justin pulled onto the main road and continued into the correct direction towards the highway.’
      • ‘Yet we know from history that lines on graphs don't continue in the same direction forever.’
      • ‘Instead, all he received was yet another eye roll as I continued in the direction of my dorm.’
      • ‘Her slow travel on the ground continued for a while, and then she stood up.’
      move, go, come, walk, proceed, progress, travel, advance, get, make it, make one's way, pass, make a move, drive
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  • 2Recommence or resume after interruption.

    with object ‘we continue the story from the point reached in Chapter 1’
    no object ‘the trial continues tomorrow’
    • ‘I recommit myself to continuing to work with that organisation to ensure its long-term viability.’
    • ‘So today let us recommit ourselves to continuing history's great and necessary task.’
    • ‘The gas resumed its flow and continued for a very long time before stopping again.’
    • ‘If you get a keyboard error, press F1 to resume and then continue pressing the F8 key once every second.’
    • ‘Yet, even for those that continue or resume after a break, the issues don't end there.’
    • ‘However, the club are hopeful to have the tricky winger back among their number in the next few days to continue his trial.’
    • ‘Tomorrow we continue our series of special reports on genetically modified foods.’
    • ‘He completed a total of 78 laps today and will continue testing tomorrow.’
    • ‘In my bag there is a notebook to continue writing my story and a lovely brand new journal to record my adventures.’
    • ‘I imagine tomorrow you'll be continuing your search.’
    • ‘We'll continue this tomorrow morning, then I'll attempt to make some sort of shape of it on its feet.’
    • ‘So if you treat me nice by reviewing, I'll definitely return the favour by continuing the story.’
    • ‘My project was partially done and my boss asked me to recommend somebody to continue my project.’
    • ‘He turned swiftly on his heel and clapped for the music to resume and dancing to continue.’
    • ‘Even when you're healthy again, Davies recommends continuing with your therapeutic regimen.’
    • ‘In the meantime, he will continue telling the story of his life over and over, refining its delivery to a sheen as perfect as his prose.’
    • ‘Another foreman was chosen and the trial continued, returning a verdict of guilty.’
    • ‘The committee therefore recommended continuing evaluation of all recommended interventions and policies.’
    • ‘They've been arguing the motion to continue the trial, to push it back is what the defense wants.’
    • ‘Therefore, the group recommended continuing the trial due to the still uncertain balance of risks and benefits.’
    resume, pick up, take up, carry on with, return to, begin again, start again
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    1. 2.1no object Carry on speaking after a pause or interruption.
      ‘I told him he was obstructing the enquiry and he let me continue’
      with direct speech ‘‘Pleased to make your acquaintance,’ he continued’
      • ‘Here he pauses, then continues, sounding like a cook admitting that a recipe is deceptively simple.’
      • ‘There was a long pause before he continued and Raven thought she felt him looking at her.’
      • ‘She paused and continued finally after the class stared at her for seemed like a very long time.’
      • ‘He politely checked the mobile with a quick glance each time, then continued without a pause.’
      • ‘He paused before continuing, ‘Was it just me, or did Chloe look awfully pale in there?’’
      • ‘There was another long pause before he continued, during which Faith felt both tingles of anticipation and dread.’
      • ‘Leaning against the car's roof once more he paused before continuing. ‘A message for you.’’
      • ‘Miranda sighed and paused hesitantly before continuing.’
      • ‘I paused, then continued, assured that my prods would send him back to the castle.’
      • ‘He visibly flinched at the mention of that war but continued after an imperceptible pause.’
      • ‘It's a test, designed to provoke an emotional response. Shall we continue?’
      • ‘He paused before continuing, and smirked, pointing at Amara.’
      • ‘He paused before continuing, pleased she hadn't snapped at him yet.’
      • ‘He pauses but continues to speak so fluently that Stephanie almost thinks he's reading from a script.’
      • ‘The pause continues until he determines that it is time to speak again.’
      • ‘There was a slight pause before she continued, this time in a warmer tone.’
      • ‘After a brief pause she continues, ‘Well, if you have the time, I would like to have a word with you’.’
      • ‘Tianna bit her lip again and paused before continuing.’
      • ‘Before continuing, let me pause to address a certain issue.’
      • ‘He paused before continuing, ‘At least, the childhood you prepared for me.’’
    2. 2.2US Law with object Postpone or adjourn (a legal proceeding)
      ‘the case was continued without a finding until August 2’
      • ‘The state court then continues the proceedings in light of that opinion.’
      • ‘The statutory safeguards only operate when the employee is contractually precluded from bringing or continuing proceedings.’
      • ‘The English Court would not be offended if a claimant were enjoined from commencing or continuing proceedings in England in breach of an agreement to arbitrate in another contracting state.’
      • ‘Police later said that they would apply for a warrant and continue legal proceedings.’
      • ‘The 1989 Act makes no specific reference to the doctrine of part performance, neither continuing it nor abolishing it.’
      put to one side, lay aside, pigeonhole, stay, stand over, keep in abeyance, suspend, mothball
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Middle English: from Old French continuer, from Latin continuare, from continuus (see continuous).