con·tin·ue (kən-tĭn'yōō) v. 1. To go on with a particular action or in a particular condition; persist. 2. To exist over a prolonged period; last. 3. To remain in the same state, capacity, or place. 4. To go on after an interruption; resume. 5. To carry further in time, space, or development; extend. 6. To cause to remain or last; retain.