Definition of continue in English:



  • 1[no object] Persist in an activity or process:

    ‘he was unable to continue with his job’
    [with infinitive] ‘prices continued to fall during April’
    • ‘How will they be able to continue to insist on price cuts of medicines by more than nine per cent every year?’
    • ‘As she stoops to pick one up, more items fall out, and the process continues.’
    • ‘The oil price continues to fall - it is now down some 10% since the conflict began three weeks ago.’
    • ‘This persistence continued with the boy insisting that we have sweets at his employer's stall.’
    • ‘This process continues until the computer can determine your competence in all areas of the test plan.’
    • ‘Also the good news is that the price of memory is continuing to fall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two patients were unable to continue their normal activities because of symptoms.’
    • ‘Foreign prices continue to fall, reducing the product's profitability still further.’
    • ‘Prices will continue to fall, and those financing deals will still be in place for months to come.’
    • ‘The best guess for the future stock market has to be that it will continue to fall in price.’
    • ‘The job destruction is continuing as the process of corporate restructuring intensifies.’
    • ‘The education process continues after the patient returns home through telephone calls and e-mail.’
    • ‘Instead, companies continue to import and process raw coffee beans in Europe.’
    • ‘It also falls short of answering nagging questions that continue to persist.’
    • ‘He would much rather be judged on whether share prices continue to rise or fall ahead of a bid or profit warning.’
    • ‘His prediction is that prices will continue to rise relentlessly.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Police in Wiltshire are continuing with the operation and more charges and arrests are expected within the next month.’
      • ‘The 46 per cent burns he suffered on that day have required a series of operations, which continue to this day.’
      • ‘The company has closed its commercial printing operation but continues to sell print capacity on an out-sourced basis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As the operation continues, calls have been received from local residents expressing sympathy for those who have died.’
      • ‘It is extraordinary that the discussions continued throughout the day and, indeed, the night.’
      • ‘While a clean-up operation continues, teachers are compiling lists of missing items.’
      • ‘Well, Miles, that's the latest that we have - that it isn't over, that the operation continues.’
      • ‘He added that the rescue operation would continue throughout today and promised a full investigation into what happened.’
      • ‘That radio call set off a recovery operation that is still continuing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Brian, what do you know at this time about how long this operation may continue?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cleaning, maintenance and service operations will continue throughout the warm-down period.’
      • ‘The tourism development at Eastern Passage has been scaled back to an eight-month operation, rather than continuing on a year-round basis.’
      • ‘The recovery and clear-up operation continued through the rest of the day and deep into the night.’
      • ‘We will continue with these operations to protect the public.’
      • ‘It was unable to open its doors early today as the huge clean-up operation continued.’
      • ‘This cycle continues throughout the security operation as events dictate.’
      last, endure, go on, be prolonged, live on, survive
      go on, carry on, extend, run on, drag on
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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’
      • ‘The wait continues for a positive ID on the human remains found in North Carolina.’
      • ‘He continued briefly at his position after his arrest in October of last year.’
      • ‘A cadenced curve of arched boxes undulates around the auditorium and continues in an arcade behind the stage.’
      • ‘Before continuing, they warmed their cold bodies around the morning fire.’
      • ‘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 heavy dew at this time of year reduces the need for watering but check if the weather continues to be warm and dry.’
      • ‘Are you willing to continue in the position if the President nominates you again?’
      • ‘Let's hope the weather continues to play a positive role.’
      • ‘This means the divot should start at the impact position and continue ahead of it.’
      • ‘The hot weather looks set to continue for the rest of the week and into the weekend.’
      • ‘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 most important thing is that we stay positive and continue to try and play the passing game that has got us into this 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.’
      • ‘The breadth of the billing confirms how many genres around the world continue to be warmed by it.’
      • ‘I believe that by passing this legislation we will continue to maintain that position.’
      • ‘In the office market, western Europe continued to strengthen its position last year.’
      • ‘He was to continue to hold this position until his own death.’
      • ‘Confronted with a red traffic light at the junction with Little Queen Street he swerved around waiting vehicles and continued.’
      • ‘Recruitment for the remaining forum positions is continuing.’
      remain, stay, carry on, keep going
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    3. 1.3[with object] Carry on with (something that one has begun):
      ‘the Archive has continued its programme of research’
      ‘he asked for their continued support’
      • ‘He arrived in the country two years ago, to continue work he began elsewhere.’
      • ‘All that is needed is the stated readiness of the offender to begin and then continue treatment.’
      • ‘Steve and others honor him by continuing the work Rob began.’
      • ‘During his time in custody he had begun a detoxifying programme and wanted to continue it.’
      • ‘The program is accredited and graduates can begin or continue study towards a college degree.’
      • ‘His gaze lifted, and he began walking, continuing his aimless trek around Seattle.’
      • ‘Chambermaids in France are continuing the strike they began on March 7.’
      • ‘As May begins, Mercury is continuing the poor apparition it made in April, hanging low in the east at sunrise.’
      • ‘The foursome came to Toronto last week to promote the film, continuing a collaboration that began right after auditions.’
      • ‘Doctors are continuing their strike that began on January 14 in protest over low pay and growing workloads.’
      • ‘Workers employed by a property cleaning service are continuing the strike they began on May 29.’
      • ‘When the U.S. economy begins and continues a strong recovery over a period of time, will they prosper?’
      • ‘The next cadence of the song began and Elizabeth continued her singing quietly.’
      • ‘Secondly, members will examine how to continue the dialogue begun in Barbados.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the work he began was continued by the banks which had offered him credit.’
      • ‘Maxwell also continued work he had begun at Aberdeen, considering the kinetic theory of gases.’
      • ‘If its funding crisis continues it may well begin to lag behind others in building a profitable customer base.’
      • ‘However, both drivers obtained good information on the tyres, and we continue the set-up work begun yesterday.’
      • ‘As the album continues it begins to slow down and focus more, the twists and turns occurring a little less frequently.’
      maintain, keep up, sustain, keep going, keep alive, preserve, prolong, extend, protract, perpetuate
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    4. 1.4[with adverbial of direction] Carry on travelling in the same direction:
      ‘they continued northwards to Glasgow’
      • ‘He took a turn in the right direction, and continued to drive me home.’
      • ‘While humming to herself happily, she continued walking in the direction of her next class.’
      • ‘These losses will keep rising as the bear market continues its relentless path to a distant future bottom.’
      • ‘As it passed us, it turned counterclockwise, but continued to travel in a straight line.’
      • ‘I wrinkled my nose in her general direction and continued to my locker at the far end of the hallway.’
      • ‘Let us all hope that the journey will continue in the right direction.’
      • ‘We have to make sure that he is denied the opportunity to continue moving in this 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.’
      • ‘This makes perfect sense to your maintenance man, so Frank continues in the direction he proposed.’
      • ‘Her slow travel on the ground continued for a while, and then she stood up.’
      • ‘The drive northwards will continue as the old North / South divide narrows.’
      • ‘Instead, all he received was yet another eye roll as I continued in the direction of my dorm.’
      • ‘Yet we know from history that lines on graphs don't continue in the same direction forever.’
      • ‘They tried to continue on the main path, but the roots and branches had grown over many paths so they couldn't get through.’
      • ‘They walk off the road in various directions and continue blithely on their way.’
      • ‘Justin pulled onto the main road and continued into the correct direction towards the highway.’
      • ‘Not only that, but in both states, rain continued to travel downward rather than upward.’
      • ‘At the key intersection the road signs direct travelers to either continue west or turn south.’
      • ‘On the northeast side of the stope a small drift continued in a northeast direction.’
      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’
    • ‘Therefore, the group recommended continuing the trial due to the still uncertain balance of risks and benefits.’
    • ‘The gas resumed its flow and continued for a very long time before stopping again.’
    • ‘Yet, even for those that continue or resume after a break, the issues don't end there.’
    • ‘If you get a keyboard error, press F1 to resume and then continue pressing the F8 key once every second.’
    • ‘However, the club are hopeful to have the tricky winger back among their number in the next few days to continue his trial.’
    • ‘Even when you're healthy again, Davies recommends continuing with your therapeutic regimen.’
    • ‘Another foreman was chosen and the trial continued, returning a verdict of guilty.’
    • ‘He turned swiftly on his heel and clapped for the music to resume and dancing to continue.’
    • ‘They've been arguing the motion to continue the trial, to push it back is what the defense wants.’
    • ‘So today let us recommit ourselves to continuing history's great and necessary task.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My project was partially done and my boss asked me to recommend somebody to continue my project.’
    • ‘I imagine tomorrow you'll be continuing your search.’
    • ‘In my bag there is a notebook to continue writing my story and a lovely brand new journal to record my adventures.’
    • ‘He completed a total of 78 laps today and will continue testing tomorrow.’
    • ‘So if you treat me nice by reviewing, I'll definitely return the favour by continuing the story.’
    • ‘I recommit myself to continuing to work with that organisation to ensure its long-term viability.’
    • ‘The committee therefore recommended continuing evaluation of all recommended interventions and policies.’
    • ‘Tomorrow we continue our series of special reports on genetically modified foods.’
    • ‘We'll continue this tomorrow morning, then I'll attempt to make some sort of shape of it on its feet.’
    resume, pick up, take up, carry on with, return to, begin again, start again
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    1. 2.1[no 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’
      • ‘She paused and continued finally after the class stared at her for seemed like a very long time.’
      • ‘He paused before continuing, pleased she hadn't snapped at him yet.’
      • ‘There was a slight pause before she continued, this time in a warmer tone.’
      • ‘Before continuing, let me pause to address a certain issue.’
      • ‘Here he pauses, then continues, sounding like a cook admitting that a recipe is deceptively simple.’
      • ‘He politely checked the mobile with a quick glance each time, then continued without a pause.’
      • ‘Tianna bit her lip again and paused before continuing.’
      • ‘Leaning against the car's roof once more he paused before continuing. ‘A message for you.’’
      • ‘He visibly flinched at the mention of that war but continued after an imperceptible pause.’
      • ‘He paused before continuing, and smirked, pointing at Amara.’
      • ‘I paused, then continued, assured that my prods would send him back to the castle.’
      • ‘There was a long pause before he continued and Raven thought she felt him looking at her.’
      • ‘Miranda sighed and paused hesitantly before continuing.’
      • ‘There was another long pause before he continued, during which Faith felt both tingles of anticipation and dread.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He paused before continuing, ‘At least, the childhood you prepared for me.’’
      • ‘After a brief pause she continues, ‘Well, if you have the time, I would like to have a word with you’.’
      • ‘It's a test, designed to provoke an emotional response. Shall we continue?’
      • ‘He paused before continuing, ‘Was it just me, or did Chloe look awfully pale in there?’’
    2. 2.2US Law [with object] Postpone or adjourn (a legal proceeding):
      ‘the case was continued without a finding until August 2’
      • ‘The 1989 Act makes no specific reference to the doctrine of part performance, neither continuing it nor abolishing it.’
      • ‘Police later said that they would apply for a warrant and continue legal proceedings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The state court then continues the proceedings in light of that opinion.’
      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).