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v. con·tin·ued, con·tin·u·ing, con·tin·ues
1. To go on with a particular action or in a particular condition; persist: We continued until the job was finished.
2. To exist over a period; last: The meeting continued for another hour.
3. To remain in the same state, capacity, or place: She continued as mayor for a second term.
4. To go on after an interruption; resume: The negotiations continued after a break for dinner.
5. To extend in a given direction: The stream continues for another five miles before it reaches the lake.
1. To carry on; persist in: The police will continue their investigation. I continued reading all afternoon.
2. To carry further in time, space, or development; extend: The builder will continue the road right through the swamp.
3. To cause to remain or last; retain or maintain: Are you continuing the prescription? The team continued its dominance over its opponents.
4. To carry on after an interruption; resume: After a break for lunch, we continued our hike.
5. Law To postpone or adjourn.

[Middle English continuen, from Old French continuer, from Latin continuāre, from continuus, continuous, from continēre, to hold together; see contain.]

con·tin′u·a·ble adj.
con·tin′u·er n.


continuing; not having stopped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.continued - without stop or interruption; "to insure the continued success of the war"; "the continued existence of nationalism"; "the continued popularity of Westerns"
discontinued - stopped permanently or temporarily; "discontinued models"; "a discontinued magazine"; "a discontinued conversation"
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All eyes were gazing intently, but each tongue continued mute.
"I hope this will prove the last drop that will make the glass run over," Anna Pavlovna continued. "The sovereigns will not be able to endure this man who is a menace to everything."
It is - let - me - see,' he continued, slowly, as he deposited his ponderous bulk in the arm-chair that Rose officiously brought towards him; 'it is just - six-weeks - by my reckoning, since you darkened - my - door!' He spoke it with emphasis, and struck his stick on the floor.
"I told her, of course," Aynesworth continued, "that having been in your service for a few hours only, I was scarcely in a position to know.
"Very well!" continued Barbicane, "that astonishment is reserved for the Selenites who inhabit the face of the moon opposite to the earth, a face which is ever invisible to our countrymen of the terrestrial globe."
"My Father (he continued) is a mean and mercenary wretch--it is only to such particular freinds as this Dear Party that I would thus betray his failings.
"Monsieur," continued Dantes, "I know it is not in your power to release me; but you can plead for me -- you can have me tried -- and that is all I ask.
"Madame," continued Mazarin, "will your majesty be good enough to assure the king yourself of the truth of what I have just said?"
As the main body continued the direct course, this little band of the elite, in returning from its wild exhibition of savage contempt, took its place in the rear, with a dexterity and a concert of action that showed the manoeuvre had been contemplated.
The Same Subject Continued, and Re-Eligibility of the Executive Considered From the Independent Journal.
"Not those," I continued, pointing to an odd garment which the wind was wantonly puffing out in the quaintest way, "but that pretty petticoat and those silk stockings?"
The tyranny of Orthagoras and his family at Sicyon, it is true, continued longer than any other: the reason for which was, that they used their power with moderation, and were in many particulars obedient to the laws; and, as Clisthenes was an able general, he never fell into contempt, and by the care he took that in many particulars his government should be popular.