remain

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verb

re·​main ri-ˈmān How to pronounce remain (audio)
remained; remaining; remains

intransitive verb

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

remain

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noun

1
remains plural : a dead body
2
: a remaining part or trace
usually used in plural
3
obsolete : stay

Examples of remain in a Sentence

Verb 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. Noun the remains of the house ripped apart by the tornado littered the block for weeks afterward archaeologists discovered the remains of an Incan woman and carefully excavated her burial site, which promised to yield important clues about her status gathered up the remains of the buffet and delivered them to a local homeless shelter
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Verb
The swimmer’s fellow club member said despite his serious injuries, the victim remained calm throughout the entire ordeal, even telling his rescuers where his phone was and to call his wife. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2024 Shortly after, Major League Baseball announced its investigation into the incident — the last major remaining probe into Ohtani’s involvement in the situation — had been closed, with Ohtani cleared of any wrongdoing. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2024
Noun
The remains of all four women were found in 2010 in desolate spots along the ocean near Gilgo Beach. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 6 June 2024 The remains of a carpenter’s workshop — dating back approximately 2,000 years — were recently unearthed in Pompeii, officials said. Brendan Rascius, Miami Herald, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for remain 

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French remaindre, from Latin remanēre, from re- + manēre to remain — more at mansion

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of remain was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Remain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remain. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

remain

1 of 2 verb
re·​main ri-ˈmān How to pronounce remain (audio)
1
a
: to be a part not destroyed, taken, or used up
little remained after the fire
b
: to be something yet to be shown, done, or treated
that 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 weather remained cold

remain

2 of 2 noun
1
: whatever is left over or behind
usually used in plural
the remains of a meal
2
plural : a dead body

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