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continent

noun [C] uk   /ˈkɒn.tɪ.nənt/ us    /ˈkɑːn.t̬ən.ənt/
B1 one of the seven large land masses on the Earth's surface, surrounded, or mainly surrounded, by sea and usually consisting of various countries: the North American continent the continents of Asia and AfricaSmall and large land masses
continental
adjective uk   /ˌkɒn.tɪˈnen.təl/ us    /ˌkɑːn.t̬ənˈen.t̬əl/
C2 continental watersSmall and large land masses

continent

adjective uk   /ˈkɒn.tɪ.nənt/ us    /ˈkɑːn.t̬ən.ənt/
able to control when you urinate and empty your bowels
Opposite
Disorders of the urinary system
literary able to control your sexual desiresSelf-control and moderationLack of sexual activity
continence
noun [U] uk   /-nəns/ us  
Self-control and moderationLack of sexual activity
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