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continue - Dictionary definition and meaning for word continue

(verb) continue a certain state, condition, or activity
Synonyms : go along , go on , keep , proceed
Example Sentence
  • Keep on working!
  • We continued to work into the night
  • Keep smiling
  • We went on working until well past midnight

(verb) continue talking
Synonyms : carry on , go on , proceed
Example Sentence
  • I know it's hard,
  • but there is no choice
  • carry on--pretend we are not in the room

(verb) keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
Synonyms : bear on , carry on , preserve , uphold
Example Sentence
  • preserve the peace in the family
  • continue the family tradition
  • Carry on the old traditions

(verb) move ahead; travel onward in time or space
Synonyms : go forward , proceed
Example Sentence
  • We proceeded towards Washington
  • She continued in the direction of the hills
  • We are moving ahead in time now

(verb) allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
Synonyms : keep , keep on , retain
Example Sentence
  • We cannot continue several servants any longer
  • She retains a lawyer
  • The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff
  • Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on
  • We kept the work going as long as we could
  • She retained her composure
  • this garment retains its shape even after many washings

(verb) do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop
Synonyms : persist in
Example Sentence
  • We continued our research into the cause of the illness
  • The landlord persists in asking us to move

(verb) continue after an interruption
Example Sentence
  • The demonstration continued after a break for lunch

(verb) continue in a place, position, or situation
Synonyms : remain , stay , stay on
Example Sentence
  • After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser
  • Stay with me, please
  • despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year
  • She continued as deputy mayor for another year

(verb) span an interval of distance, space or time
Synonyms : cover , extend
Example Sentence
  • The war extended over five years
  • The period covered the turn of the century
  • My land extends over the hills on the horizon
  • This farm covers some 200 acres
  • The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles

(verb) exist over a prolonged period of time
Example Sentence
  • The bad weather continued for two more weeks

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