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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 miscellaneous, fragmentary, or other writings still unpublished at the time of an author's death.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
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Examples for remaining
  • Sprinkle the fillets with the remaining chopped herbs.
  • The next morning the porters depart for the river, carrying our remaining supplies.
  • So the remaining monolithic milk-heavy herd is prone to diseases.
  • As a result, boards are often in a scramble, vying against one another for the remaining available talent.
  • From it the remaining tissues of the body are developed.
  • At birth the humerus is ossified in nearly its whole length, only the extremities remaining cartilaginous.
  • When light, add remaining milk and four and one-half cups flour.
  • The common iliac is represented by the upper third of this line, the external iliac by the remaining two-thirds.
  • The remaining muscles are powerful external rotators of the thigh.
  • At the cessation of menstruation, a fresh mucous membrane is formed by a proliferation of the remaining structures.
British Dictionary definitions for remaining


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
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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 remaining
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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