verb (used without object), con·tin·ued, con·tin·u·ing.
verb (used with object), con·tin·ued, con·tin·u·ing.
Origin of continue
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BEHIND THE WORD
Where does continue come from?
Continue entered English around 1300–50. Coming into English through French, continue ultimately comes from the Latin continuāre, meaning “to make all one, join together, connect.” This verb could also mean, much like its English derivative, “to carry on, draw out, prolong, last”—that is, to continue.
The Latin verb continuāre is formed from the adjective continuus. Does continuus look familiar? It’s the direct source of the English continuous, meaning “uninterrupted in time; without cessation” or “being in immediate connection or spatial relationship.”
The Latin adjective continuus meant “uninterrupted, unbroken, continuous.” That’s right: continuus meant, well, continuous. Sometimes, there is a great a deal of continuity in word development.
But we’re not done yet. The Latin continuus is itself ultimately based on another verb, continēre, “to hold or keep together.” So, something that continues—that is, it goes on, keeps on, or endures in some way—stays all held together, in an etymological manner of speaking.
We noted above that continue is ultimately connected to continēre, “to hold together.” Continēre is the source of some other familiar English words, including contain, continent, and content. Does knowing that all these words come from a verb meaning “to hold together” give you any deeper insights into these words?
For all this talk of holding things together, we can, er, continue breaking apart the roots of the Latin verb continēre. It is composed of con–, a productive prefix with the sense of “with, together,” and tenēre, “to hold.”
But don’t be fooled. While detain is related to detention and retain to retention, contain is not related to contention, or “strife, contest, controversy.” Contention is derived from the same Latin root that gives English contend.
Example sentences from the Web for continue
The debate over who really pulled off the Sony hack, then, could continue indefinitely.
Although the blood-spattered offices will be off-limits, staff have vowed to continue producing the magazine.
They tried to continue their getaway but had to quickly abandon their vehicle on the Rue de Meaux in the 19th.
The people who are involved in the violence, they figure out ways to remain here at all costs and continue causing trouble.
“These towns that are doing it just continue to make New Jersey less and less competitive,” Christie said.
They will continue to feed until every vestige of the tubers is eaten, leaving the ground in a fine condition for replanting.The Hawaiian Islands |The Department of Foreign Affairs
It has been said that the buckler, the bow, and the spear, must continue the arms of poetry.The Lusiad |Lus de Cames
As long as Aguinaldo remained out, this state of affairs was sure to continue indefinitely, possibly for years to come.The American Occupation of the Philippines 1898-1912 |James H. Blount
He had permitted the public preaching to continue, but had not introduced it for the first time.The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74 |John Lothrop Motley
They are interrupted by that great accident, matrimony, which invites a woman to stop teaching, and a man to continue.The Spirit of America |Henry Van Dyke