Meaning of CONTINUOUS in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ kəntɪnjuəs ]


A continuous process or event continues for a period of time without stopping.

Residents report that they heard continuous gunfire.

...all employees who had a record of five years’ continuous employment with the firm...

= unbroken

ADJ : usu ADJ n

• con‧tinu‧ous‧ly

The civil war has raged almost continuously since 1976...

It is the oldest continuously inhabited city in America.

ADV : usu ADV with v


A continuous line or surface has no gaps or holes in it.

...a continuous line of boats.

ADJ : usu ADJ n


In English grammar, continuous verb groups are formed using the auxiliary ‘be’ and the present participle of a verb, as in ‘I’m feeling a bit tired’ and ‘She had been watching them for some time’. Continuous verb groups are used especially when you are focusing on a particular moment. Compare simple .

= progressive


Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.