• enPR: kən-tĭnʹyo͞o, IPA: /kənˈtɪnjuː/

continue (continues, present participle continuing; past and past participle continued)

  1. (transitive) To proceed with qual doing an activity; to prolong qual 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.
  2. (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 54573970 ↗, 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?
  3. (transitive) To retain qual someone or something in a given state, position, etc.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      […] 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 (historian), 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 […].
  4. (intransitive) To remain in a given place or condition; to remain in connection with; to abide; to stay.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 2”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Here to continue, and build up here / A growing empire.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, 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. In Six Volumes, volume (please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗:
      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.
  5. (intransitive) To resume.
    When will the concert continue?
  6. (transitive, law) To adjourn, prorogue, put off.
    This meeting has been continued to the thirteenth of July.
  7. (poker slang) To make a continuation bet.
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continue (plural continues)

  1. (video games) An option allowing a gamer to resume play after game over, when all life have been lost.
  2. (programming) A statement which causes a loop to start executing the next iteration, skipping the statements following it.

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