American English

Definition of continue verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they continue
    he / she / it continues
    past simple continued
    -ing form continuing
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to keep existing or happening without stopping The exhibition continues until July 25th. The trial is expected to continue for three months. The rain will continue into the evening. continue to do something The rain continued to fall all afternoon. The number of car accident deaths is continuing to decline. continue doing something The rain continued falling all afternoon.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] to keep doing something without stopping continue doing something She wanted to continue working until she was 60. He vowed to continue fighting. continue to do something He continued to ignore everything I was saying. continue (with something) Are you going to continue with the project? continue something The FBI is continuing its investigations.
  3. 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to go or move further in the same direction The path continued over rough, rocky ground. He continued on his way.
  4. 4[intransitive] continue (as something) to remain in a particular job or condition I want you to continue as project manager. She will continue in her present job until a replacement can be found.
  5. 5[intransitive, transitive] to start or start something again after stopping for a time synonym résumé The story continues in our next issue. continue something The story will be continued in our next issue.
  6. 6[intransitive, transitive] to start speaking again after stopping Please continue—I didn't mean to interrupt. + speech “In fact,” he continued, “I'd like to congratulate you.”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: continue