Meaning of CONTINUOUS in English



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

Residents report that they heard ~ gunfire.

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

= unbroken

ADJ: usu ADJ n


The civil war has raged almost ~ly since 1976...

It is the oldest ~ly inhabited city in America.

ADV: usu ADV with v


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

...a ~ line of boats.

ADJ: usu ADJ n


In English grammar, ~ 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


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