Simple Definition of remain
: 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
1 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>
2 : to stay in the same place or with the same person or group; especially : to stay behind
3 : to continue unchanged <the fact remains that we can't go>
Examples of remain in a sentence
Little remained after the fire.
Only two minutes still remain in the game.
The question remains: who fired the shot?
She remained in Boston after she finished college.
The soldiers were ordered to remain at their posts.
I remained behind after the class had ended.
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
Rhymes with remain
abstain, again, air lane, airplane, amain, arcane, arraign, attain, Bahrain, Bassein, Beltane, biplane, birdbrain, block plane, bloodstain, boat train, brain drain, bugbane, campaign, champagne, champaign, Champlain, checkrein, chicane, chilblain, choke chain, chow mein, cinquain, cocaine, Cockaigne, Coltrane, coxswain, complain, constrain, contain, cordwain, cowbane, crackbrain, demesne, deplane, destain, detain, detrain, devein, disdain, distain, distrain, dogbane, domain, drivetrain, dumb cane, edge-grain, Elaine, enchain, enplane, entrain, ethane, explain, eyestrain, fast lane, fleabane, floatplane, floodplain, food chain, forebrain, Fort Wayne, Gawain, germane, Great Dane, grosgrain, half plane, henbane, hindbrain, house-train, humane, Hussein, Igraine, immane, inane, ingrain, insane, jack plane, lamebrain, left brain, lightplane, lo mein, long-chain, Lorraine, maintain, marchpane, membrane, methane, midbrain, migraine, Montaigne, montane, moraine, mortmain, Moulmein, mundane, neck-rein, New Spain, obtain, octane, ordain, pertain, plain-Jane, profane, propane, ptomaine, purslane, quatrain, raise Cain, refrain, restrain, retain, retrain, right brain, romaine, sailplane, sea-lane, seaplane, seatrain, split-brain, sustain, tailplane, tearstain, terrane, Touraine, towplane, triplane, Ukraine, unchain, urbane, vervain, vicereine, villein, volplane, warplane, wave train, wolfsbane
First Known Use of remain
REMAIN Defined for Kids
Definition of remain for Students
1 : to stay in the same place <Please remain in your seats.>
2 : to stay after others have gone <Only one bus remained at school.>
3 : to continue to be <The weather remained cold.> <They remained friends.>
4 : to be left after others have been removed, subtracted, or destroyed <Little remained after the fire.>
5 : to be something yet to be done or considered <Her innocence remains to be proved.>
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