re·main | \ri-ˈmān \
remained; remaining; remains

Definition of remain 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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



Definition of remain (Entry 2 of 2)

1 obsolete : stay

2 : a remaining part or trace usually used in plural

3 remains plural : a dead body

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Along with Smith, assistant coaches Charles Klask, Aaron Gray and video coordinator Jordan Brink (who remains part of the front office) encouraged Ellenson. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Coach O's words soothed Detroit Pistons' Henry Ellenson in trying year," 13 July 2018 For his Chicago family, Till's death mobilized a community of supporters that remains, Gordon-Taylor said. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "'Trayvon Martin before Trayvon Martin': 63 years after slaying, Emmett Till still visited daily at Alsip cemetery," 13 July 2018 For him, the body is the only language that remains after everything falls away. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 An autopsy was being scheduled Friday by the Lake County Coroner’s Office, and the crash remained under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Technical Crash Investigations Unit. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Man dies in Antioch Township crash Friday; second motorcycle death in Lake County this week," 13 July 2018 For the rest of us left wondering what lurks in the medicine cabinet, still more questions remain. Elizabeth Inglese, Vogue, "Why Johnson & Johnson’s $4.7 Billion Baby Powder Lawsuit Is Important for Women Everywhere," 13 July 2018 And so powerful is the symbolism on either side that Strzok is likely to remain a political Rorschach test on the Russia investigation as long as the independent special counsel investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia connections exists. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "Peter Strzok, the symbol of whatever you want him to be in the Russia investigation," 13 July 2018 In the wake of this activity, moist, tropical air is to remain in place, bringing a lingering chance of isolated storms through Sunday night. Tom Skilling,, "Rise in humidity ups chance of thunderstorms," 13 July 2018 To be Muslim is to remain accountable to that suffering. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The remains are men who all sort of look like Shrek when Shrek was bewitched into looking like a man. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 7 Recap: Becca Picks A Supreme Court Nominee," 10 July 2018 Police did not speculate about whether the remains were those of an additional victim or victims. Ian Austen, New York Times, "More Remains Found Near Home Used by Suspected Canadian Serial Killer," 5 July 2018 The remains were those of Katherine Cunningham, 26, who sheriff's detectives say was killed Feb. 15. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "DNA found on samurai sword leads to murder charge, warrant against former Island County man," 3 July 2018 In terms of the response from the DOD and exactly where these remains are. Fox News, "Scaramucci on Trump's Supreme Court pick, WH staff rumors," 30 June 2018 The urn has been disinterred, and the GBI will try to determine whose remains were in it. Steve Burns, ajc, "Funeral home owner faces criminal charges after cremation mix-up," 21 June 2018 Forensic analysis later confirmed the remains were the boy's, closing one part of the mystery while also raising more questions. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Jesse Wilson autopsy released; many questions still unanswered," 20 June 2018 Behind them were the remains of the popular and delicious Fireball Whisky. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Fireball Whisky Covers Highway After Tractor-Trailer Crash and Explosion," 15 June 2018 Researchers have sent samples for analysis, but based on its positioning and surrounding stones, Michelmore reports, Slack estimates the remains are at least 20,000 years old. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Uncover 20,000-Year-Old Kangaroo Cook Out," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of remain


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


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remain


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

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English Language Learners 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


re·main | \ri-ˈmān \
remained; remaining

Kids Definition of remain

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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