"continues" in the verb sense
1. continue, go on, proceed, go along, keep
continue a certain state, condition, or activity
"Keep on working!"
"We continued to work into the night"
"We went on working until well past midnight"
2. continue, go on, carry on, proceed
"`I know it's hard', he continued, `but there is no choice'"
3. continue, uphold, carry on, bear on, preserve
keep or maintain in unaltered condition cause to remain or last
"preserve the peace in the family"
"continue the family tradition"
"Carry on the old traditions"
4. proceed, go forward, continue
move ahead travel onward in time or space
"We proceeded towards Washington"
"She continued in the direction of the hills"
"We are moving ahead in time now"
5. retain, continue, keep, keep on
allow to remain in a place or position or maintain a property or feature
"We cannot continue several servants any longer"
"She retains a lawyer"
"The family's fortune waned and they could not keep their household staff"
"Our grant has run out and we cannot keep you on"
"We kept the work going as long as we could"
"She retained her composure"
"this garment retains its shape even after many washings"
6. continue, persist in
do something repeatedly and showing no intention to stop
"We continued our research into the cause of the illness"
"The landlord persists in asking us to move"
continue after an interruption
"The demonstration continued after a break for lunch"
8. stay, stay on, continue, remain
continue in a place, position, or situation
"After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser"
"Stay with me, please"
"despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year"
"She continued as deputy mayor for another year"
9. cover, continue, extend
span an interval of distance, space or time
"The war extended over five years"
"The period covered the turn of the century"
"My land extends over the hills on the horizon"
"This farm covers some 200 acres"
"The Archipelago continues for another 500 miles"
exist over a prolonged period of time
"The bad weather continued for two more weeks"
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