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.

Definitions of continue
  1. verb
    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
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    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
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    hold, keep, maintain
    keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., "keep clean"
  2. verb
    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
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    keep up, prolong, sustain
    lengthen or extend in duration or space
  3. verb
    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
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    discontinue
    come to or be at an end
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    hold
    remain in a certain state, position, or condition
    keep going, run on
    continue uninterrupted
    ride
    continue undisturbed and without interference
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  4. verb
    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
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  5. verb
    continue talking
    “"I know it's hard," he continued, "but there is no choice”
    synonyms: carry on, go on, proceed
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    segue
    proceed without interruption; in music or talk
    jog, ramble, ramble on
    continue talking or writing in a desultory manner
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    speak, talk
    exchange thoughts; talk with
  6. verb
    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
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  7. verb
    continue after an interruption
    “The demonstration continued after a break for lunch”
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    go along, go on, keep, proceed
    continue a certain state, condition, or activity
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    act, move
    perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
  8. verb
    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
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    go, locomote, move, travel
    change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically
  9. verb
    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
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    be
    occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere
  10. verb
    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
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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