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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The education process continues after the patient returns home through telephone calls and e-mail.’
    • ‘Also the good news is that the price of memory is continuing to fall.’
    • ‘Foreign prices continue to fall, reducing the product's profitability still further.’
    • ‘As she stoops to pick one up, more items fall out, and the process continues.’
    • ‘He would much rather be judged on whether share prices continue to rise or fall ahead of a bid or profit warning.’
    • ‘Instead, companies continue to import and process raw coffee beans in Europe.’
    • ‘His prediction is that prices will continue to rise relentlessly.’
    • ‘The job destruction is continuing as the process of corporate restructuring intensifies.’
    • ‘This process continues until the computer can determine your competence in all areas of the test plan.’
    • ‘Two patients were unable to continue their normal activities because of symptoms.’
    • ‘Prices will continue to fall, and those financing deals will still be in place for months to come.’
    • ‘The voltage is then incremented and the process continues until a determination is made as to the objects operability.’
    • ‘It also falls short of answering nagging questions that continue to persist.’
    • ‘The oil price continues to fall - it is now down some 10% since the conflict began three weeks ago.’
    • ‘How will they be able to continue to insist on price cuts of medicines by more than nine per cent every year?’
    • ‘This persistence continued with the boy insisting that we have sweets at his employer's stall.’
    • ‘Wholesale prices of heroin continued to fall since the start of last year.’
    • ‘The best guess for the future stock market has to be that it will continue to fall in price.’
    carry on with, go on with, keep on with, proceed with, pursue
    ongoing, continuous, sustained, persistent, steady, relentless, uninterrupted, unabating, unremitting, unrelieved, unrelenting, unceasing
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    1. 1.1Remain in existence or operation.
      ‘discussions continued throughout the year’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He added that the rescue operation would continue throughout today and promised a full investigation into what happened.’
      • ‘The company has closed its commercial printing operation but continues to sell print capacity on an out-sourced basis.’
      • ‘We will continue with these operations to protect the public.’
      • ‘That radio call set off a recovery operation that is still continuing.’
      • ‘As the operation continues, calls have been received from local residents expressing sympathy for those who have died.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was unable to open its doors early today as the huge clean-up operation continued.’
      • ‘Brian, what do you know at this time about how long this operation may continue?’
      • ‘Police in Wiltshire are continuing with the operation and more charges and arrests are expected within the next month.’
      • ‘The recovery and clear-up operation continued through the rest of the day and deep into the night.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 lifting the need for a joint venture partner in order to set up operations, there will continue to be a limit on branch openings.’
      • ‘This cycle continues throughout the security operation as events dictate.’
      • ‘Well, Miles, that's the latest that we have - that it isn't over, that the operation continues.’
      • ‘While a clean-up operation continues, teachers are compiling lists of missing items.’
      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[with object]Carry on with (something that one has begun)
      ‘I continued my stroll’
      ‘he asked for their continued support’
      • ‘The next cadence of the song began and Elizabeth continued her singing quietly.’
      • ‘As May begins, Mercury is continuing the poor apparition it made in April, hanging low in the east at sunrise.’
      • ‘Doctors are continuing their strike that began on January 14 in protest over low pay and growing workloads.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the work he began was continued by the banks which had offered him credit.’
      • ‘Secondly, members will examine how to continue the dialogue begun in Barbados.’
      • ‘When the U.S. economy begins and continues a strong recovery over a period of time, will they prosper?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As the album continues it begins to slow down and focus more, the twists and turns occurring a little less frequently.’
      • ‘Maxwell also continued work he had begun at Aberdeen, considering the kinetic theory of gases.’
      • ‘Chambermaids in France are continuing the strike they began on March 7.’
      • ‘The foursome came to Toronto last week to promote the film, continuing a collaboration that began right after auditions.’
      • ‘Workers employed by a property cleaning service are continuing the strike they began on May 29.’
      • ‘He arrived in the country two years ago, to continue work he began elsewhere.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His gaze lifted, and he began walking, continuing his aimless trek around Seattle.’
      • ‘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.’
      maintain, keep up, sustain, keep going, keep alive, preserve, prolong, extend, protract, perpetuate
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    3. 1.3Remain in a specified position or state.
      ‘they have indicated their willingness to continue in office’
      [with complement] ‘the weather continued warm and pleasant’
      • ‘The hot weather looks set to continue for the rest of the week and into the weekend.’
      • ‘The wait continues for a positive ID on the human remains found in North Carolina.’
      • ‘The breadth of the billing confirms how many genres around the world continue to be warmed by it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He was to continue to hold this position until his own death.’
      • ‘Let's hope the weather continues to play a positive role.’
      • ‘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 heavy dew at this time of year reduces the need for watering but check if the weather continues to be warm and dry.’
      • ‘Confronted with a red traffic light at the junction with Little Queen Street he swerved around waiting vehicles and continued.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A cadenced curve of arched boxes undulates around the auditorium and continues in an arcade behind the stage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Are you willing to continue in the position if the President nominates you again?’
      remain, stay, carry on, keep going
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    4. 1.4Carry on traveling in the same direction.
      ‘he hummed to himself as they continued northward’
    5. 1.5(of a road, river, etc.) extend farther in the same direction.
      ‘the main path continued through a tunnel’
      • ‘This makes perfect sense to your maintenance man, so Frank continues in the direction he proposed.’
      • ‘They tried to continue on the main path, but the roots and branches had grown over many paths so they couldn't get through.’
      • ‘On the northeast side of the stope a small drift continued in a northeast direction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘While humming to herself happily, she continued walking in the direction of her next class.’
      • ‘As it passed us, it turned counterclockwise, but continued to travel in a straight line.’
      • ‘He took a turn in the right direction, and continued to drive me home.’
      • ‘We have to make sure that he is denied the opportunity to continue moving in this direction.’
      • ‘I wrinkled my nose in her general direction and continued to my locker at the far end of the hallway.’
      • ‘These losses will keep rising as the bear market continues its relentless path to a distant future bottom.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After taking in the views, the walk continues in the same direction northwards from the summit towards a wall on top of the plateau.’
      • ‘Let us all hope that the journey will continue in the right direction.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Not only that, but in both states, rain continued to travel downward rather than upward.’
      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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My project was partially done and my boss asked me to recommend somebody to continue my project.’
    • ‘He completed a total of 78 laps today and will continue testing tomorrow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So today let us recommit ourselves to continuing history's great and necessary task.’
    • ‘So if you treat me nice by reviewing, I'll definitely return the favour by continuing the story.’
    • ‘Yet, even for those that continue or resume after a break, the issues don't end there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If you get a keyboard error, press F1 to resume and then continue pressing the F8 key once every second.’
    • ‘We'll continue this tomorrow morning, then I'll attempt to make some sort of shape of it on its feet.’
    • ‘Tomorrow we continue our series of special reports on genetically modified foods.’
    • ‘I recommit myself to continuing to work with that organisation to ensure its long-term viability.’
    • ‘The gas resumed its flow and continued for a very long time before stopping again.’
    • ‘However, the club are hopeful to have the tricky winger back among their number in the next few days to continue his trial.’
    • ‘Another foreman was chosen and the trial continued, returning a verdict of guilty.’
    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 inquiry and he let me continue’
      • ‘He pauses but continues to speak so fluently that Stephanie almost thinks he's reading from a script.’
      • ‘He paused before continuing, ‘Was it just me, or did Chloe look awfully pale in there?’’
      • ‘He paused before continuing, pleased she hadn't snapped at him yet.’
      • ‘It's a test, designed to provoke an emotional response. Shall we continue?’
      • ‘There was a long pause before he continued and Raven thought she felt him looking at her.’
      • ‘Leaning against the car's roof once more he paused before continuing. ‘A message for you.’’
      • ‘He paused before continuing, ‘At least, the childhood you prepared for me.’’
      • ‘Here he pauses, then continues, sounding like a cook admitting that a recipe is deceptively simple.’
      • ‘She paused and continued finally after the class stared at her for seemed like a very long time.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I paused, then continued, assured that my prods would send him back to the castle.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was another long pause before he continued, during which Faith felt both tingles of anticipation and dread.’
      • ‘He politely checked the mobile with a quick glance each time, then continued without a pause.’
      • ‘He visibly flinched at the mention of that war but continued after an imperceptible pause.’
      • ‘He paused before continuing, and smirked, pointing at Amara.’
      • ‘Miranda sighed and paused hesitantly before continuing.’
      • ‘Before continuing, let me pause to address a certain issue.’
    2. 2.2Law [with object]Postpone or adjourn (a legal proceeding)
      ‘the case was continued without a finding until August 2’
      • ‘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 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 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.’
      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).