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?
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    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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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.