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English verb: continue

1. continue (stative) continue a certain state, condition, or activity

SamplesKeep on working!.
We continued to work into the night.
Keep smiling.
We went on working until well past midnight.

ExamplesThey continue to move , They continue moving

Synonymsgo along, go on, keep, proceed

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)hold, keep going, ride, run on

Verb groupbear on, carry on, continue, continue, preserve, uphold


2. continue (communication) continue talking

SamplesI know it's hard,.
But there is no choice.
Carry on--pretend we are not in the room.

Synonymscarry on, go on, proceed

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)speak, talk

Narrower (hyponym)jog, ramble, ramble on, segue

3. continue (stative) keep or maintain in unaltered condition; cause to remain or last

SamplesPreserve the peace in the family.
Continue the family tradition.
Carry on the old traditions.

Synonymsbear on, carry on, preserve, uphold

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hold, keep, maintain

Narrower (hyponym)hang in, hang on, hold on, keep up, mummify, perpetuate, persevere, persist, prolong, re-start, restart, resume, sustain

Verb groupcontinue, continue, go along, go forward, go on, keep, proceed, proceed

Antonymscease, discontinue, lay off, quit, stop, give up

4. continue (motion) move ahead; travel onward in time or space

SamplesWe proceeded towards Washington.
She continued in the direction of the hills.
We are moving ahead in time now.

ExamplesThey continue up the hill

Synonymsgo forward, proceed

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)head, limp, roar, trace, wander

Verb groupbear on, carry on, continue, preserve, uphold

5. continue (social) allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature

SamplesWe 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.
She retained her composure.
This garment retains its shape even after many washings.

Synonymskeep, keep on, retain

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)keep up, prolong, sustain

Verb groupcontinue, persist in

6. continue (stative) do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop

SamplesWe continued our research into the cause of the illness.
The landlord persists in asking us to move.

Synonymspersist in

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Verb groupcontinue, keep, keep on, retain

7. continue (stative) continue after an interruption

SamplesThe demonstration continued after a break for lunch.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Verb groupcontinue, go along, go on, keep, proceed

8. continue (stative) continue in a place, position, or situation

SamplesAfter 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.

Synonymsremain, stay, stay on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)abide, bide, hold over, stay

9. continue (stative) span an interval of distance, space or time

SamplesThe war extended over five years.
The period covered the turn of the century.
My land extends over the hills on the horizon.
This farm covers some 200 acres.
The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles.

Synonymscover, extend

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)constellate, cross, dot, overlap, overspread, ridge, span, spread, stud, sweep, sweep, traverse

Verb groupcover

10. continue (change) exist over a prolonged period of time

SamplesThe bad weather continued for two more weeks.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)carry, die hard, endure, extend, persist, prevail, run, stand

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