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Continue, 1) trans. a) not to cease, to pursue, to persevere in: “she shall not long c. love to him,” Gentl. III, 2, 48. “the heavens c. their loves,” Wint. I, 1, 35. cf. H6A IV, 1, 161 and Oth. I, 3, 348. “c. these favours,” Tw. I, 4, 1. “shall c. our graces,” Mcb. I, 6, 30. “this united league,” R3 II, 1, 2. “c. fault,” Wint. I, 2, 85. “your resolve,” Shr. I, 1, 27. “war,” All's I, 2, 2. “I will c. that I broached in jest,” Shr. I, 2, 84. “our humble author will c. the story,” H4B V, 5, 144.
b) to leave as before: “how shall we c. Claudio,” Meas. IV, 3, 88 (== let live). “what friend of mine . . . did I c. in my liking,” H8 II, 4, 33.
2) intr. a) to go on, to persevere: “so you may c.” Tp. II, 1, 178. “c. in his courses,” Meas. II, 1, 196. LLL V, 2, 875. H6B IV, 9, 17. Cor. II, 3, 245. IV, 2, 30. Cymb. V, 5, 380. “mark how he --s,” Oth. IV, 1, 292.
b) to do without interruption: I have known her c. in this (washing her hands) “a quarter of an hour,” Mcb. V, 1, 34.
c) to be as before, to remain: “if she would c. in it,” Tp. II, 1, 184. “extremity of weather --ing,” Wint. V, 2, 129. “c. thankful,” All's V, 1, 17. “c. friends,” John III, 1, 252 and Cymb. II, 4, 49. “c. long in his favour,” H8 III, 2, 395. “c. where he is,” Cymb. I, 5, 54. “in this likeness of death,” Rom. IV, 1, 105. “your emperor --s still a Jove,” Ant. IV, 6, 29. “--s well my lord?” Cymb. I, 6, 56 (== is he well as he was?).
d) to be continually: I thought you had --d in it (your office) “some time,” Meas. II, 1, 276.
e) to last: his folly will c. the standing of his body (== as long as he lives) Wint. I, 2, 430. “more than three hours the fight --d,” H6A I, 1, 120. “but this cannot c.” H8 II, 2, 84 (== last long).
f) to be sequel, to follow: “takes no account how things go from him, nor resumes no care of what is to c.” Tim. II, 2, 5.
Elbow blundering in the use of the word in Meas. II, 1, 200.
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