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"continue" in British English

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uk   /kənˈtɪn.juː/  us   /kənˈtɪn.juː/
B1 [I or T] to ​keephappening, ​existing, or doing something, or to ​cause something or someone to do this: [+ to infinitive] It's said that as the ​boat went down the ​band continued toplay. [+ -ing verb] If she continues ​drinking like that, I'll have to ​carry her ​home. Do you ​intend to continue (with)yourstudies? If the ​rain continues, we'll have to ​cancel tonight's ​plans. Sally Palmer will be continuing aschairperson this ​autumn. The ​article continues/is continued onpage ten.
B1 [I] to ​start to do something again after a ​pause: After ​stopping for a ​quickdrink, they continued ontheir way. [+ -ing verb] He ​paused for a ​moment to ​listen and then continued ​eating. The ​president continued by saying that his ​country was a ​freecountry and would always ​remain so. [+ speech] "I don't like ​yourweather!" she ​shouted, "and I don't," she continued, "like ​yourfood!"

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(Definition of continue from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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continueverb [I/T]

 us   /kənˈtɪn·ju/
to ​keephappening or to ​keep doing something without ​stopping: [+ to infinitive] If it continues to ​rain, we may have to ​cancel the ​outdoorconcert. [+ to infinitive] I will continue to say what I ​believe. They continued hoping there would be ​additionalsurvivors.
You can also continue to do something or continue doing something if you ​start to do it again after a ​pause: [T] After a ​break for ​lunch, they continued ​theirdiscussions.
(Definition of continue from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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