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.
miscellaneous, fragmentary, or other writings still unpublished at the time of an author's death.
traces of some quality, condition, etc.
a dead body; corpse.
parts or substances remaining from animal or plant life that occur in the earth's crust or strata: fossil remains; organic remains.

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

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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remain (rɪˈmeɪn)
1.  to stay behind or in the same place: to remain at home; only Tom remained
2.  (copula) to continue to be: to remain cheerful
3.  to be left, as after use, consumption, the passage of time, etc: a little wine still remained in the bottle
4.  to be left to be done, said, etc: it remains to be pointed out
[C14: from Old French remanoir, from Latin remanēre to be left, from re- + manēre to stay]

remains (rɪˈmeɪnz)
pl n
1.  any pieces, scraps, fragments, etc, that are left unused or still extant, as after use, consumption, the passage of time, etc: the remains of a meal; archaeological remains
2.  the body of a dead person; corpse
3.  Also called: literary remains the unpublished writings of an author at the time of his or her death

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Word Origin & History

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.
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Example sentences
Last year a trench was dug through part of the site that was not expected to contain many remains.
Then you can kick the remains into the compost pile or use them as mulch.
Check out these photos or this video to see how easy it is to pull out even the remains of a split cork.
Despite being misnamed, it remains a precious holiday ingredient.
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