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continue (v.)

mid-14c., contynuen, "maintain, sustain, preserve;" late 14c., "go forward or onward; persevere in," from Old French continuer (13c.) and directly from Latin continuare "join together in uninterrupted succession, make or be continuous, do successively one after another," from continuus "joining, connecting with something; following one after another," from continere (intransitive) "to be uninterrupted," literally "to hang together" (see contain). Related: Continued; continuing.

Sense of "to carry on from the point of suspension" is from early 15c. Meaning "to remain in a state, place, or office" is from early 15c. Transitive sense of "to extend from one point to another" is from 1660s. Meaning "to postpone a hearing or trial" is from mid-15c.

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Definitions of continue

continue (v.)
continue a certain state, condition, or activity;
We continued to work into the night
Synonyms: go on / proceed / go along / keep
continue (v.)
continue talking;
`I know it's hard', he continued, `but there is no choice'
Synonyms: go on / carry on / proceed
continue (v.)
keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last;
continue the family tradition
Synonyms: uphold / carry on / bear on / preserve
continue (v.)
move ahead; travel onward in time or space;
She continued in the direction of the hills
Synonyms: proceed / go forward
continue (v.)
allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature;
We cannot continue several servants any longer
Synonyms: retain / keep / keep on
continue (v.)
do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop;
We continued our research into the cause of the illness
Synonyms: persist in
continue (v.)
continue after an interruption;
The demonstration continued after a break for lunch
continue (v.)
continue in a place, position, or situation;
She continued as deputy mayor for another year
Synonyms: stay / stay on / remain
continue (v.)
span an interval of distance, space or time;
The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles
Synonyms: cover / extend
continue (v.)
exist over a prolonged period of time;
The bad weather continued for two more weeks
From wordnet.princeton.edu