When you carry something over a longer period of time than originally planned, that's a continuation. The City Council voted on a continuation of their discussion on the school budget after failing to reach an agreement today.

You can also think of a continuation as the act of continuing to do something or to be in a particular situation. The continuation of your allergies makes you suspect they might have something to do with your new cat. Even after your cousin loses his job, he's grateful for the continuation of his health insurance. The Latin root, continuationem, means "a following of one thing after another."

Definitions of continuation
  1. noun
    the act of continuing an activity without interruption
    synonyms: continuance
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    discontinuance, discontinuation
    the act of discontinuing or breaking off; an interruption (temporary or permanent)
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    lengthening, perpetuation, prolongation, protraction
    the act of prolonging something
    repeating, repetition
    the act of doing or performing again
    perseverance, perseveration, persistence
    the act of persisting or persevering; continuing or repeating behavior
    the act of abiding (enduring without yielding)
    prosecution, pursuance
    the continuance of something begun with a view to its completion
    something that survives
    custom, usage, usance
    accepted or habitual practice
    (psychiatry) mechanical and meaningless repetition of the words of another person (as in schizophrenia)
    doing or saying again; a repeated performance
    repetition of an act needlessly
    reduplication, reiteration
    the act of repeating over and again (or an instance thereof)
    an act of copying
    action replay, instant replay, replay
    the immediate rebroadcast of some action (especially sports action) that has been recorded on videotape
    hangover, holdover
    something that has survived from the past
    the act of renewing
    the repetition of an experiment in order to test the validity of its conclusion
    the repetition or resumption of some action
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    any specific behavior
  2. noun
    the consequence of being lengthened in duration
    synonyms: lengthiness, prolongation, protraction
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    (music) a prolongation of unspecified length on a note or chord or rest
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    duration, length
    continuance in time
  3. noun
    a part added to a book or play that continues and extends it
    synonyms: sequel
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    a creative work that relates events taking place before those of an existing work
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    addendum, postscript, supplement
    textual matter that is added onto a publication; usually at the end
  4. noun
    a Gestalt principle of organization holding that there is an innate tendency to perceive a line as continuing its established direction
    synonyms: good continuation, law of continuation
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    Gestalt law of organization, Gestalt principle of organization
    a principle of Gestalt psychology that identifies factors leading to particular forms of perceptual organization
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