definition of continue by The Free Dictionary

Verb 1. continue – continue a certain state, condition, or activity; “Keep on working!”; “We continued to work into the night”; “Keep smiling”; “We went on working until well past midnight”

act, move – perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); “think before you act”; “We must move quickly”; “The governor should act on the new energy bill”; “The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel”
preserve, uphold, carry on, continue, bear on – keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last; “preserve the peace in the family”; “continue the family tradition”; “Carry on the old traditions”
hold – remain in a certain state, position, or condition; “The weather held”; “They held on the road and kept marching”
keep going, run on – continue uninterrupted; “The disease will run on unchecked”; “The party kept going until 4 A.M.”
ride – continue undisturbed and without interference; “Let it ride”
continue – continue after an interruption; “The demonstration continued after a break for lunch”
discontinue – come to or be at an end; “the support from our sponsoring agency will discontinue after March 31”
2. continue – continue talking; “I know it’s hard,” he continued, “but there is no choice”; “carry on–pretend we are not in the room”

segue – proceed without interruption; in music or talk; “He segued into another discourse”
talk, speak – exchange thoughts; talk with; “We often talk business”; “Actions talk louder than words”
jog, ramble, ramble on – continue talking or writing in a desultory manner; “This novel rambles on and jogs”
3. continue – keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last; “preserve the peace in the family”; “continue the family tradition”; “Carry on the old traditions”

go forward, proceed, continue – move ahead; travel onward in time or space; “We proceeded towards Washington”; “She continued in the direction of the hills”; “We are moving ahead in time now”
perpetuate – cause to continue or prevail; “perpetuate a myth”
sustain, keep up, prolong – lengthen or extend in duration or space; “We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible”; “prolong the treatment of the patient”; “keep up the good work”
mummify – preserve while making lifeless; “mummified ideas and institutions should be gotten rid of”
hold, keep, maintain – keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g., “keep clean”; “hold in place”; “She always held herself as a lady”; “The students keep me on my toes”
continue, go on, keep, go along, proceed – continue a certain state, condition, or activity; “Keep on working!”; “We continued to work into the night”; “Keep smiling”; “We went on working until well past midnight”
4. continue – move ahead; travel onward in time or space; “We proceeded towards Washington”; “She continued in the direction of the hills”; “We are moving ahead in time now”

go, locomote, move, travel – change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; “How fast does your new car go?”; “We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus”; “The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect”; “The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell”; “news travelled fast”
head – to go or travel towards; “where is she heading”; “We were headed for the mountains”
trace – make one’s course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along; “The children traced along the edge of the dark forest”; “The women traced the pasture”
roar – act or proceed in a riotous, turbulent, or disorderly way; “desperadoes from the hills regularly roared in to take over the town”-R.A.Billington
limp – proceed slowly or with difficulty; “the boat limped into the harbor”
wander – go via an indirect route or at no set pace; “After dinner, we wandered into town”
preserve, uphold, carry on, continue, bear on – keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last; “preserve the peace in the family”; “continue the family tradition”; “Carry on the old traditions”
5. continue – allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature; “We cannot continue several servants any longer”; “She retains a lawyer”; “The family’s fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff”; “Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on”; “We kept the work going as long as we could”; “She retained her composure”; “this garment retains its shape even after many washings”

sustain, keep up, prolong – lengthen or extend in duration or space; “We sustained the diplomatic negotiations as long as possible”; “prolong the treatment of the patient”; “keep up the good work”
persist in, continue – do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop; “We continued our research into the cause of the illness”; “The landlord persists in asking us to move”
6. continue – do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop; “We continued our research into the cause of the illness”; “The landlord persists in asking us to move”

act, move – perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); “think before you act”; “We must move quickly”; “The governor should act on the new energy bill”; “The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel”
keep on, retain, continue, keep – allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature; “We cannot continue several servants any longer”; “She retains a lawyer”; “The family’s fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff”; “Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on”; “We kept the work going as long as we could”; “She retained her composure”; “this garment retains its shape even after many washings”
7. continue – continue after an interruption; “The demonstration continued after a break for lunch”

act, move – perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); “think before you act”; “We must move quickly”; “The governor should act on the new energy bill”; “The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel”
continue, go on, keep, go along, proceed – continue a certain state, condition, or activity; “Keep on working!”; “We continued to work into the night”; “Keep smiling”; “We went on working until well past midnight”
8. continue – continue in a place, position, or situation; “After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser”; “Stay with me, please”; “despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year”; “She continued as deputy mayor for another year”

be – have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); “John is rich”; “This is not a good answer”
abide, bide, stay – dwell; “You can stay with me while you are in town”; “stay a bit longer–the day is still young”
hold over – continue a term of office past the normal period of time
9. continue – span an interval of distance, space or time; “The war extended over five years”; “The period covered the turn of the century”; “My land extends over the hills on the horizon”; “This farm covers some 200 acres”; “The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles”

cover – hold within range of an aimed firearm
be – occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere; “Where is my umbrella?” “The toolshed is in the back”; “What is behind this behavior?”
span, traverse, cross, sweep – to cover or extend over an area or time period; “Rivers traverse the valley floor”, “The parking lot spans 3 acres”; “The novel spans three centuries”
sweep – cover the entire range of
overlap – extend over and cover a part of; “The roofs of the houses overlap in this crowded city”
overspread, spread – spread across or over; “A big oil spot spread across the water”
ridge – extend in ridges; “The land ridges towards the South”
constellate, dot, stud – scatter or intersperse like dots or studs; “Hills constellated with lights”
10. continue – exist over a prolonged period of time; “The bad weather continued for two more weeks”

carry, extend – continue or extend; “The civil war carried into the neighboring province”; “The disease extended into the remote mountain provinces”
be – have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); “John is rich”; “This is not a good answer”
stand – be in effect; be or remain in force; “The law stands!”

Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

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