From Middle English continuen, from Old French continuer, from Latin continuāre. Displaced native Old English þurhwunian.
- enPR: kən-tĭnʹyo͞o, IPA(key): /kənˈtɪnjuː/
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- Rhymes: -uː
continue (third-person singular simple present continues, present participle continuing, simple past and past participle continued)
- (transitive) To proceed with (doing an activity); to prolong (an activity).
- Shall I continue speaking, or will you just interrupt me again?
- Do you want me to continue to unload these?
- 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
- Firstly, I continue to base most species treatments on personally collected material, rather than on herbarium plants.
- 2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, BBC[Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea]:
- Fuelled by their fury, Spurs surged forward and gave themselves hope after 56 minutes when Scott Parker's precise through-ball released Adebayor. He was pulled down in the area by Cech but referee Atkinson allowed play to continue for Bale to roll the ball into an empty net.
- 2022 January 12, “Network News: £7.2 million plan to stop flooding and protect South West rail link”, in RAIL, number 948, page 12:
- It has emphasised that the proposals do not involve any work on the railway itself, so train services would continue to run throughout.
- (transitive) To make last; to prolong.
- 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: […], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, →OCLC, partition 1:, New York, 2001, p.74:
- Can you account him wise or discreet that would willingly have his health, and yet will do nothing that should procure or continue it?
- (transitive) To retain (someone or something) in a given state, position, etc.
- 1631, Francis [Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. […], 3rd edition, London: […] William Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee […], →OCLC:
- […] dip the mouth of it within the second glass and remove your finger; continue it in that posture for a time, and it will unmingle the wine from the water […]
- 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p.257:
- The schools were very much the brainchild of Bertin, and although the latter was ousted from the post of Controller-General by Choiseul in 1763, he was continued by the king as a fifth secretary of state […].
- (intransitive, copulative sense obsolete) To remain in a given place or condition; to remain in connection with; to abide; to stay.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book II”, in Paradise Lost. […], London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], →OCLC; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, →OCLC:
- Here to continue, and build up here / A growing empire.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], →OCLC, Matthew xv:32:
- They continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: A[ndrew] Millar, […], →OCLC:
- He then passed by the fellow, who still continued in the posture in which he fell, and entered the room where Northerton, as he had heard, was confined.
- (intransitive) To resume.
- When will the concert continue?
- (transitive, law) To adjourn, prorogue, put off.
- This meeting has been continued to the thirteenth of July.
- (poker slang) To make a continuation bet.
- In the transitive sense, continue may be followed by either the present participle or the infinitive; hence use either "to continue writing" or "to continue to write".
- As continue conveys the sense of progression, it is pleonastic to follow it with "on" (as in "Continue on with what you were doing").
- (transitive, proceed with, to prolong): carry on, crack on, go on with, keep, keep on, keep up, proceed with, sustain, retain
- (intransitive, resume): carry on, go on, proceed, resume
- (transitive, proceed with, to prolong): terminate, stop, discontinue
- (video games) An option allowing the player to resume play after game over, when all lives have been lost, while retaining their progress.
- 2008, Jeannie Novak & Luis Levy, Play the Game: The Parent's Guide to Video Games, →ISBN, page 48:
- So if you died battling the green monster inside the cave—and you had run out of lives—maybe a continue would be available.
- 2012, James A. Newman, Best Before: Videogames, Supersession and Obsolescence, →ISBN, page 128:
- Moreover, where three lives and a sparse availability of extra life-giving '1-Ups' marked the 1991 experience, the iPod player is offered an unlimited number of continues with which to progress through the gameworld.
- inflection of continuer:
continue (comparative plus continue, superlative le plus continue)
- IPA(key): /konˈti.nu.e/, /konˈti.nwe/
- Rhymes: -inue, -inwe
- Syllabification: con‧tì‧nu‧e, con‧tì‧nue
continue f pl
- ^ continuo in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)
- “continue”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- continue in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
- inflection of continuar:
continue (third person subjunctive)