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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 miscellaneous, fragmentary, or other writings still unpublished at the time of an author's death.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.
Origin of remain
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
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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

early 15c., from Anglo-French remayn-, Old French remain-, stressed stem of remanoir "stay, dwell, remain; be left; hold out," from Latin remanere "to remain, to stay behind; be left behind; endure, abide, last" (cf. Spanish remaner, Italian rimanere), from re- "back" (see re-) + manere "to stay, remain" (see mansion). Related: Remained; remaining.


"those left over or surviving," mid-15c., from Middle French remain, back-formation from Old French remanoir, remaindre, or else formed in Middle English from remain (v.). But the more usual noun in English has been remainder except in remains, euphemism for "corpse," attested from c.1700, from mortal remains.

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