continue

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See also: continué and continu

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French continuer, from Latin continuare.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: kən-tĭnʹyo͞o, IPA(key): /kənˈtɪnjuː/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

continue (third-person singular simple present continues, present participle continuing, simple past and past participle continued)

  1. (transitive) to proceed with (doing an activity); to prolong (an activity).
    Shall I continue speaking, or will you just interrupt me again?
    Do you want me to continue to unload these?
    • 2012 April 15, Phil McNulty, “Tottenham 1-5 Chelsea”, BBC:
      Fuelled by their fury, Spurs surged forward and gave themselves hope after 56 minutes when Scott Parker's precise through-ball released Adebayor. He was pulled down in the area by Cech but referee Atkinson allowed play to continue for Bale to roll the ball into an empty net.
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page vii
      Firstly, I continue to base most species treatments on personally collected material, rather than on herbarium plants.
  2. (transitive) To make last; to prolong.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York, 2001, p.74:
      Can you account him wise or discreet that would willingly have his health, and yet will do nothing that should procure or continue it?
  3. (transitive) To retain (someone) in a given state, position etc.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p.257:
      The schools were very much the brainchild of Bertin, and although the latter was ousted from the post of Controller-General by Choiseul in 1763, he was continued by the king as a fifth secretary of state […].
  4. (intransitive) To remain in a given place or condition; to remain in connection with; to abide; to stay.
    • Milton
      Here to continue, and build up here / A growing empire.
    • Bible, Matthew xv. 32
      They continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat.
  5. (intransitive) to resume
    When will the concert continue?
  6. (transitive, law) To adjourn, prorogue, put off.
    This meeting has been continued to the thirteenth of July.
  7. (poker slang) To make a continuation bet.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In the transitive sense, continue may be followed by either the present participle or the infinitive; hence use either "to continue writing" or "to continue to write".
  • As continue conveys the sense of progression, it is pleonastic to follow it with "on" (as in "Continue on with what you were doing").

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Noun[edit]

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Examples (statement which causes a loop to execute the next iteration)

Line 3 of the following pseudocode contains a continue.

1. for c = 1 to 5 do
2. tif (c == 3) do
3. ttcontinue;
4. tend
5. tprint(c + " ");
6. end

continue (plural continues)

  1. (video games) an option allowing a gamer to resume play after game over, when all lives have been lost.
  2. (video games) an option allowing a player to resume a saved game.
  3. (programming) a statement which causes a loop to start executing the next iteration, skipping the statements following it

Coordinate terms[edit]

  • (statement which causes a loop to execute the next iteration): break

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Adjective[edit]

continue

  1. Inflected form of continu

French[edit]

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continue

  1. first-person singular present indicative of continuer
  2. third-person singular present indicative of continuer
  3. first-person singular present subjunctive of continuer
  4. third-person singular present subjunctive of continuer
  5. second-person singular imperative of continuer

Adjective[edit]

continue f

  1. feminine form of continu

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

continue f

  1. feminine plural of continuo

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

continue

  1. vocative masculine singular of continuus

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

continue

  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of continuar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of continuar
  3. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of continuar
  4. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of continuar

Romanian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

continue (plural)

  1. feminine plural form of continuu
  2. neuter plural form of continuu

Verb[edit]

continue (third person subjunctive)

  1. third-person singular subjunctive form of continua.
  2. third-person plural subjunctive form of continua.