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[ri-meyn] /rɪˈmeɪn/
verb (used without object)
to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified:
to remain at peace.
to stay behind or in the same place:
to remain at home; I'll remain here when you go to the airport.
to be left after the removal, loss, destruction, etc., of all else:
The front wall is all that remains of the fort.
to be left to be done, told, shown, etc.:
Only the dishwashing remains.
to be reserved or in store.
Usually, remains. something that remains or is left.
  1. miscellaneous, fragmentary, or other writings still unpublished at the time of an author's death.
  2. traces of some quality, condition, etc.
  3. a dead body; corpse.
  4. parts or substances remaining from animal or plant life that occur in the earth's crust or strata:
    fossil remains; organic remains.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English remainen < Anglo-French remain-, stressed stem of Middle French remanoir < Latin remanēre, equivalent to re- re- + manēre to stay; see manor
Related forms
unremaining, adjective
1. abide, stay. See continue. 2. wait, tarry, rest. 3. endure, abide.
2. depart. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Examples for remain
  • We were urged to remain calm, to stay inside, to await further instructions.
  • But his phoniness would remain a weakness even if he won the presidency.
  • Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and prove it.
  • Newspapers remain at the forefront of defending and promoting press freedom around the world.
  • They are strong swimmers and can remain submerged for as long as five minutes.
  • All but a few fragmentary episodes of her own long life remain unchronicled.
  • Leaves open pale gold in spring and remain pale chartreuse all summer.
  • They got much better grades, were more likely to remain married and were less dependent on welfare programs.
  • At the state and local level transport budgets will remain tight while unemployment is high.
  • Ninety percent of the world's oceans remain unexplored.
British Dictionary definitions for remain


verb (mainly intransitive)
to stay behind or in the same place to remain at home, only Tom remained
(copula) to continue to be to remain cheerful
to be left, as after use, consumption, the passage of time, etc a little wine still remained in the bottle
to be left to be done, said, etc it remains to be pointed out
See also remains
Word Origin
C14: from Old French remanoir, from Latin remanēre to be left, from re- + manēre to stay
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Word Origin and History for remain
late 14c., from O.Fr. remain-, stressed stem of remanoir, from L. remanere "to remain, to stay behind," from re- "back" + manere "to stay, remain." Remains (n.), euphemism for "corpse," is attested from c.1700, from mortal remains. The noun remain "those left over or surviving" is attested from late 15c., but the more usual n. form in Eng. has been remainder (earlly 15c.), from Anglo-Fr. remainder (O.Fr. remaindre), variant of O.Fr. remanoir.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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