Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: continuer, from Latin continuare, from continuus; CONTINUOUS


con‧tin‧ue S1 W1
1 [intransitive and transitive] to not stop happening, existing, or doing something [↪ continuous, continual, discontinue]
continue to do something
Sheila continued to work after she had her baby.
He will be continuing his education in the US.
I felt too sick to continue.
continue unabated/apace/unchecked (=continue at the same high speed or level)
The flood of refugees continued unabated.
continue with
He was permitted to continue with his work while in prison.
continue for
The strike continued for another four weeks.
continue doing something
Most elderly people want to continue living at home for as long as they can.
2 [intransitive and transitive] to start again, or start doing something again, after an interruption [= resume]:
After a brief ceasefire, fighting continued.
Rescue teams will continue the search tomorrow.
continue doing something
He picked up his book and continued reading.
3 [intransitive] to go further in the same direction
continue down/along/into etc
We continued along the road for some time.
The road continues northwards to the border.
4 [intransitive] to stay in the same job, situation etc
continue as
Miss Silva will continue as publishing director.
5 [intransitive and transitive] to say more after an interruption:
'And so', he continued, 'we will try harder next time.'

to be continued

used at the end of part of a story, a television show etc to tell people that the story has not finished yet

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