Con·tin·ue v. i. [imp. & p. p. Continued p. pr. & vb. n. Continuing.]
1. To remain in a given place or condition; to remain in connection with; to abide; to stay.
Here to continue, and build up here
A growing empire. --Milton.
They continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat. --Matt. xv. 32.
2. To be permanent or durable; to endure; to last.
But now thy kingdom shall not continue. --1 Sam. xiii. 14.
3. To be steadfast or constant in any course; to persevere; to abide; to endure; to persist; to keep up or maintain a particular condition, course, or series of actions; as, the army continued to advance.
If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed. --John viii. 31.
Syn: -- To persevere; persist. See Persevere.
Con·tin·ue, v. t.
1. To unite; to connect. [Obs.]
the use of the navel is to continue the infant unto the mother. --Sir T. browne.
2. To protract or extend in duration; to preserve or persist in; to cease not.
O continue thy loving kindness unto them that know thee. --Ps. xxxvi. 10.
You know how to make yourself happy by only continuing such a life as you have been long accustomed to lead. --Pope.
3. To carry onward or extend; to prolong or produce; to add to or draw out in length.
A bridge of wond'rous length,
From hell continued, reaching th' utmost orb
of this frail world. --Milton.
4. To retain; to suffer or cause to remain; as, the trustees were continued; also, to suffer to live.
And how shall we continue Claudio. --Shak.
v 1: 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"
[syn: go on, proceed, go along, keep] [ant: discontinue]
2: continue with one's activities; "I know it's hard," he
continued, "but there is no choice"; "carry on--pretend we
are not in the room" [syn: go on, carry on, proceed]
3: 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" [syn: uphold,
carry on, bear on, preserve] [ant: discontinue]
4: 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" [syn: proceed,
5: allow to remain in a place or position; "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"
[syn: retain, keep, keep on, keep going]
6: carry forward; "We continued our research into the cause of
the illness" [syn: persist in]
7: continue after an interruption; "The demonstration continued
after a break for lunch"
8: 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" [syn: stay,
stay on, remain]
9: exist over a prolonged period of time; "The bad weather
continued for two more weeks"