To go on with a particular action or in a particular condition; persist. To exist over a prolonged period; last. To remain in the same state, capacity, or place: She continued as mayor for a second term. To go on after an interruption; resume: The negotiations continued after a break for lunch. To carry forward; persist in: The police will continue their investigation. To carry further in time, space, or development; extend. To cause to remain or last; retain. To carry on after an interruption; resume. Law To postpone or adjourn.