continue

continue, last, endure, abide, persist are comparable when meaning to remain indefinitely in existence or in a given condition or course.
Continue distinctively refers to the process and stresses its lack of an end rather than the duration of or the qualities involved in that process. Often, in addition, it suggests an unbroken course
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what a man is as an end perishes when he dies; what he produces as a means continues to the end of time— Russell

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the illusion continues that civilization can somehow be reconciled with atomic warFleming

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Last especially in its derivative lasting (see LASTING) when unqualified usually stresses length of existence exceeding what is normal or expected
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the anger of slow, mild, loving people has a lasting quality— Deland

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When qualified, last often loses this distinctive implication
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the work that Michelangelo did complete has lasted well— Barr

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the refrigerator is guaranteed to last five years

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the tire lasted only three months

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Endure adds to last the implication of resistance, especially to destructive forces or agencies
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for living things, who suffer pain, may not endure till time can bring them easeLowell

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an art . . . which endured . . . until man changed his attitude toward the universe— Henry Adams

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Abide and its derivative abiding imply stability or constancy, especially in opposition to mutability or impermanence
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though much is taken, much abidesTennyson

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Notwithstanding the countless features of London's living which were abiding, the changes made themselves felt—J. M. Brown

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Persist adds to continue the implication of outlasting the appointed or normal time; it often also connotes recurrence, especially in sporadic instances
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an attitude towards life, which . . . persists, with many changes but no breaks, till the closing of the Athenian lecture rooms by Justinian— Inge

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Analogous words: remain, *stay: survive, *outlive, outlast
Contrasted words: *arrest, interrupt, check: *stop, cease, desist, quit, discontinue: suspend, stay, intermit, *defer, postpone

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  • continue — ● continue nom féminin Consonne dont l émission s accompagne d un écoulement ininterrompu du flux d air phonatoire. (Les constrictives, les approximantes, les latérales, les glides et les nasales sont des continues.) ● continu, continue adjectif… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • continue — con·tin·ue vt tin·ued, tinu·ing: to postpone (a legal proceeding) to a future day Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. continue I …   Law dictionary

  • Continue — Con*tin ue, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Continued}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Continuing}.] [F. continuer, L. continuare, tinuatum, to connect, continue, fr. continuus. See {Continuous}, and cf. {Continuate}.] 1. To remain in a given place or condition; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Continue — may refer to: Continue (video gaming), an option to continue a video game after all the player s lives have been lost Continue (album), a 2008 Cantopop album by Pakho Chau Continue (keyword), a programming language keyword See also Continuity… …   Wikipedia

  • continue — [kən tin′yo͞o] vi. continued, continuing [ME continuen < OFr continuer < L continuare, to join, make continuous < continuus, continuous < continere: see CONTAIN] 1. to remain in existence or effect; last; endure [the war continued for …   English World dictionary

  • Continue — Con*tin ue, v. t. 1. To unite; to connect. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] the use of the navel is to continue the infant unto the mother. Sir T. browne. [1913 Webster] 2. To protract or extend in duration; to preserve or persist in; to cease not. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • continue — CONTINUE. s. f. Durée sans interruption. Il ne s emploie qu adverbialement. A la continue, pour dire, A la longue, à force de continuer. Il travaille d abord avec ardeur, mais à la continue il se ralentit. A la continue il se lasse …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • continue — Continue. s. f. Durée sans interruption. Travaillez y sans cesse, la continus l emporte. A la continue, adverbial. A la longue. Il travaille d abord avec ardeur, mais à la continuë il se ralentit. à la continuë il se lasse …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • continué — continué, ée (kon ti nu é, ée) part. passé. L expédition continuée malgré les obstacles. Un magistrat continué dans ses fonctions. Un ouvrage resté longtemps inachevé et enfin continué …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • continue — should not be followed by on (adverb), although this is sometimes found in informal writing: • I continued on down the street A. Bergman, 1975. Use either continue (without on) or a verb of motion (such as go, move, etc.) with on. This use of the …   Modern English usage

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