verb re·main \ri-ˈmān\

: to be left when the other parts are gone or have been used

: to be something that still needs to be done, dealt with, etc.

: to stay in the same place or with the same person or group : to stay after others have gone

Full Definition of REMAIN

intransitive verb
a :  to be a part not destroyed, taken, or used up <only a few ruins remain>
b :  to be something yet to be shown, done, or treated <it remains to be seen>
:  to stay in the same place or with the same person or group; especially :  to stay behind
:  to continue unchanged <the fact remains that we can't go>

Examples of REMAIN

  1. Little remained after the fire.
  2. Only two minutes still remain in the game.
  3. The question remains: who fired the shot?
  4. She remained in Boston after she finished college.
  5. The soldiers were ordered to remain at their posts.
  6. I remained behind after the class had ended.
  7. He remained with the team.

Origin of REMAIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French remaindre, from Latin remanēre, from re- + manēre to remain — more at mansion
First Known Use: 14th century



Definition of REMAIN

obsolete :  stay
:  a remaining part or trace —usually used in plural
plural :  a dead body

First Known Use of REMAIN

15th century
REMAIN Defined for Kids


verb re·main \ri-ˈmān\

Definition of REMAIN for Kids

:  to stay in the same place <Please remain in your seats.>
:  to stay after others have gone <Only one bus remained at school.>
:  to continue to be <The weather remained cold.> <They remained friends.>
:  to be left after others have been removed, subtracted, or destroyed <Little remained after the fire.>
:  to be something yet to be done or considered <Her innocence remains to be proved.>


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