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CONTINUE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does continue mean? 

CONTINUE (verb)
  The verb CONTINUE has 10 senses:

1. continue a certain state, condition, or activity
2. continue talking
3. keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last
4. move ahead; travel onward in time or space
5. allow to remain in a place or position
6. do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop
7. continue after an interruption
8. continue in a place, position, or situation
9. span an interval of distance, space or time
10. exist over a prolonged period of time

  Familiarity information: CONTINUE used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


CONTINUE (verb)


Sense 1continue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Continue a certain state, condition, or activity

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

continue; go on; go along; keep; proceed

Context examples:

Keep on working! / We continued to work into the night / Keep smiling / We went on working until well past midnight

Hypernyms (to "continue" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "continue"):

hold (remain in a certain state, position, or condition)

keep going; run on (continue uninterrupted)

ride (continue undisturbed and without interference)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Sentence examples:

They continue to move
They continue moving

Antonym:

discontinue (come or be at an end)


Sense 2continue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Continue talking

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

proceed; continue; carry on; go on

Context examples:

I know it's hard, / but there is no choice / carry on--pretend we are not in the room

Hypernyms (to "continue" is one way to...):

speak; talk (exchange thoughts; talk with)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "continue"):

segue (proceed without interruption; in music or talk)

jog; ramble; ramble on (continue talking or writing in a desultory manner)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
Somebody ----s VERB-ing


Sense 3continue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

uphold; preserve; carry on; continue; bear on

Context examples:

preserve the peace in the family / continue the family tradition / Carry on the old traditions

Hypernyms (to "continue" is one way to...):

hold; keep; maintain (keep in a certain state, position, or activity; e.g.,)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "continue"):

mummify (preserve while making lifeless)

keep up; prolong; sustain (lengthen or extend in duration or space)

perpetuate (cause to continue or prevail)

hang in; hang on; hold on; persevere; persist (be persistent, refuse to stop)

re-start; restart; resume (take up or begin anew)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Antonym:

discontinue (put an end to a state or an activity)


Sense 4continue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move ahead; travel onward in time or space

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

go forward; proceed; continue

Context examples:

We proceeded towards Washington / She continued in the direction of the hills / We are moving ahead in time now

Hypernyms (to "continue" is one way to...):

go; locomote; move; travel (change location; move, travel, or proceed)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "continue"):

wander (go via an indirect route or at no set pace)

limp (proceed slowly or with difficulty)

roar (act or proceed in a riotous, turbulent, or disorderly way)

trace (make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along)

head (to go or travel towards)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

They continue up the hill


Sense 5continue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Allow to remain in a place or position

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

keep on; retain; keep going; continue; keep

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "continue" is one way to...):

keep up; prolong; sustain (lengthen or extend in duration or space)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 6continue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

persist in; continue

Context examples:

We continued our research into the cause of the illness / The landlord persists in asking us to move

Hypernyms (to "continue" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 7continue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Continue after an interruption

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Context example:

The demonstration continued after a break for lunch

Hypernyms (to "continue" is one way to...):

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 8continue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Continue in a place, position, or situation

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

stay on; remain; stay; continue

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "continue" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "continue"):

abide; bide; stay (dwell)

hold over (continue a term of office past the normal period of time)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 9continue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Span an interval of distance, space or time

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

extend; cover; continue

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "continue" is one way to...):

be (occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "continue"):

constellate; dot; stud (scatter or intersperse like dots or studs)

ridge (extend in ridges)

overspread; spread (spread across or over)

overlap (extend over and cover a part of)

sweep (cover the entire range of)

cross; span; sweep; traverse (to cover or extend over an area or time period)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 10continue [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Exist over a prolonged period of time

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The bad weather continued for two more weeks

Hypernyms (to "continue" is one way to...):

be (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "continue"):

carry; extend (continue or extend)

die hard; endure; persist; prevail; run (continue to exist)

stand (be in effect; be or remain in force)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


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