continue

To continue an activity is to keep it going, either with or without interruption. If you ask the newspaper to continue delivering your paper while you are on vacation, you want to receive all the news while you’re away.

The verb continue is related to the word continuous, from the Latin word continuare, meaning “join together” or “connect.” When anything goes on without a break, like the middle school variety show, it continues, uninterrupted. You can also continue something that was paused or set aside. You could, for instance, continue watching the movie that you paused when the pizza was delivered and then continue to drive your parents crazy by texting your friends while watching the movie with them.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: continue

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v
keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
2
v
move ahead; travel onward in time or space
3
v
span an interval of distance, space or time
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: continue
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v keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

continue the family tradition”
Synonyms:
bear on, carry on, preserve, uphold
go forward, proceed
move ahead; travel onward in time or space
go along, go on, keep, proceed
continue a certain state, condition, or activity
Antonyms:
cease, discontinue, give up, lay off, quit, stop
put an end to a state or an activity
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re-start, restart, resume
take up or begin anew
hang in, hang on, hold on, persevere, persist
be persistent, refuse to stop
perpetuate
cause to continue or prevail
keep up, prolong, sustain
lengthen or extend in duration or space
mummify
preserve while making lifeless
obstinate
persist stubbornly
ask for it, ask for trouble
persist with actions or an attitude despite the probability that it will cause trouble
plug, plug away
persist in working hard
follow, stick to, stick with
keep to
keep, keep on, retain
allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
eternize
cause to continue indefinitely
Type of:
hold, keep, maintain
keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"

v allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

“We cannot continue several servants any longer”
Synonyms:
keep, keep on, retain
persist in
do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop
Type of:
keep up, prolong, sustain
lengthen or extend in duration or space

v continue a certain state, condition, or activity

“We continued to work into the night”
Synonyms:
go along, go on, keep, proceed
bear on, carry on, preserve, uphold
keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
Antonyms:
discontinue
come to or be at an end
Types:
hold
remain in a certain state, position, or condition
keep going, run on
continue uninterrupted
ride
continue undisturbed and without interference
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop

“We continued our research into the cause of the illness”
Synonyms:
persist in
keep, keep on, retain
allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v continue talking

“"I know it's hard," he continued, "but there is no choice”
Synonyms:
carry on, go on, proceed
Types:
segue
proceed without interruption; in music or talk
jog, ramble, ramble on
continue talking or writing in a desultory manner
Type of:
speak, talk
exchange thoughts; talk with

v continue in a place, position, or situation

“She continued as deputy mayor for another year”
Synonyms:
remain, stay, stay on
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abide, bide, stay
dwell
hold over
continue a term of office past the normal period of time
visit
stay with as a guest
outstay, overstay
stay too long
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v continue after an interruption

“The demonstration continued after a break for lunch”
Synonyms
go along, go on, keep, proceed
continue a certain state, condition, or activity
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
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v move ahead; travel onward in time or space

“She continued in the direction of the hills”
Synonyms:
go forward, proceed
bear on, carry on, preserve, uphold
keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
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head
to go or travel towards
trace
make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along
roar
act or proceed in a riotous, turbulent, or disorderly way
limp
proceed slowly or with difficulty
wander
go via an indirect route or at no set pace
make, take
head into a specified direction
Type of:
go, locomote, move, travel
change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
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v span an interval of distance, space or time

“The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles”
Synonyms:
cover, extend
cover
hold within range of an aimed firearm
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cross, span, sweep, traverse
to cover or extend over an area or time period
sweep
cover the entire range of
overlap
extend over and cover a part of
overspread, spread
spread across or over
ridge
extend in ridges
constellate, dot, stud
scatter or intersperse like dots or studs
rake
sweep the length of
imbricate
overlap
transgress
spread over land, especially along a subsiding shoreline
Type of:
be
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

v exist over a prolonged period of time

“The bad weather continued for two more weeks”
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carry, extend
continue or extend
die hard, endure, persist, prevail, run
continue to exist
stand
be in effect; be or remain in force
carry over
transfer or persist from one stage or sphere of activity to another
reverberate
have a long or continuing effect
wash
admit to testing or proof
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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