continue

Definitions

General English

  • verb to go on doing something or happening

Commerce

  • verb to go on doing something or to do again something which you were doing earlier

Origin & History of “continue”

Latin continēre in its transitive sense (with an object) meant ‘hold together, contain’, and led to English contain. However, it was also used intransitively in the sense ‘hang together’. from it was derived the adjective continuus ‘uninterrupted’ (source of English continuous (17th c.)), which formed the basis of a new verb continuāre ‘make or be continuous’. English acquired this via Old French continuer. (The derivative continual entered English in the 14th century.).
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