continue - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlecontinuing
past tensecontinued
past participlecontinued
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to keep doing something without stopping

    Doctors advised him to continue the treatment for another six weeks.

    continue doing something:

    He continued typing while he spoke.

    continue with:

    She decided to continue with her studies for another two years.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to keep happening without stopping

      The demonstrations continued until well into the evening.

      continue to do something:

      The rain continued to pour down all afternoon.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to start doing something again after you have stopped
    1. a.
      [intransitive] to start speaking again after you have stopped

      After a pause, he continued: ‘She’s much better now, of course.’

      May I continue?

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to walk or travel further in the same direction

    The path continued for another fifty yards.

    continue along/down/towards etc:

    She pushed past me and continued down the road.

    continue on:

    We continued on towards York.