verb (used without object), continued, continuing.
to go on after suspension or interruption: The program continued after an intermission.
to go on or keep on, as in some course or action; extend: The road continues for three miles.
to last or endure: The strike continued for two months.
to remain in a particular state or capacity: The general agreed to continue in command of the army.
to remain in a place; abide; stay: Let us continue in this house forever.
verb (used with object), continued, continuing.
to go on with or persist in: to continue an action.
to carry on from the point of suspension or interruption: He continued the concert after the latecomers were seated.
to extend from one point to another in space; prolong.
to say in continuation.
to cause to last or endure; maintain or retain, as in a position.
to carry over, postpone, or adjourn; keep pending, as a legal proceeding.

1300–50; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin continuāre to make all one, verbal derivative of continuus continuous

continuable, adjective
continuer, noun
continuingly, adverb
noncontinuable, adjective
noncontinuably, adverb

3. Continue, endure, persist, persevere, last, remain imply existing uninterruptedly for an appreciable length of time. Continue implies duration or existence without break or interruption. Endure used of people or things, implies persistent continuance against influences that tend to weaken, undermine, or destroy. Persist and persevere used principally of people, both imply firm and steadfast continuance in the face of opposition. Persist suggests human opposition: He persisted after he had been warned; and persevere suggests opposition from any source, often an impersonal one: He persevered despite fatigue. Last often applies to something that holds out to a desired end, fresh, unimpaired, or unexhausted, sometimes under conditions that tend to produce the opposite effect: They had provisions enough to last all winter. Remain is especially applied to what continues without change in its essential state: He remained a bachelor.

2. cease. Unabridged
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continue (kənˈtɪnjuː)
vb , -ues, -uing, -ued
1.  (when tr, may take an infinitive) to remain or cause to remain in a particular condition, capacity, or place
2.  (when tr, may take an infinitive) to carry on uninterruptedly (a course of action); persist in (something): he continued running
3.  (when tr, may take an infinitive) to resume after an interruption: we'll continue after lunch
4.  to draw out or be drawn out; prolong or be prolonged: continue the chord until it meets the tangent
5.  chiefly (Scot) (tr) law to postpone or adjourn (legal proceedings)
[C14: from Old French continuer, from Latin continuāre to join together, from continuuscontinuous]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from O.Fr. continuer (13c.), from L. continuare "make or be continuous," from continuus "uninterrupted," from continere (intransitive) "to be uninterrupted," lit. "to hang together" (see contain). Related: Continued (mid-15c.); continuing (late 14c.).
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Example sentences
They begin blooming in late spring or early summer and continue until late fall.
But left on the plant, they continue to get sweeter and more flavorful.
Put yourself in their hands to continue your wine-country day.
The rain is terrific for the weeds, which continue to pop up all over the test
  garden at a tremendous pace.
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