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

Investors can still get their money back if the borrower’s stock sputters, though defaults remain a risk. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Rising Rates Revitalize Convertible-Bond Sales," 10 Dec. 2018 This 1939 home, currently listed by Tom Suther and Heidi Peter of Reece Nichols for $1.65 million, remains a true testament to the iconic architect with most of its historic features and design elements still intact and in pristine condition. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "Now’s Your Chance to Own A Kansas City Home That Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Not Once, but Twice," 7 Dec. 2018 As of now though, Veggie may just remain a close friendship. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Camila Mendes Has Some Thoughts About Archie's Non-Varchie Kiss on Last Night's "Riverdale"," 6 Dec. 2018 This will be a geologic treasure hunt as the rover scouts around for rocks that have signs of microbial life and them stash them for a future retrieval mission, though that mission remains currently unfunded. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Human Beings Can Teach Aliens About Probing the Solar System," 5 Dec. 2018 While much work remains, there has been positive progress over a short period of time. Parvannah Lee, Teen Vogue, "I'm From the Navajo Nation and I Want to Help My Community Get Healthy Food," 22 Nov. 2018 In December, the coolest weather will hit the Northeast and the southern half of Texas, while the Northwest remains above average. Cierra Williams, Country Living, "The Weather Channel Predicts a Brutal Winter for Most of the Country," 16 Nov. 2018 While the evidence remains largely preliminary, these individual cases have reached a critical mass, which indicates something is happening that needs to be explored in a more rigorous way. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 And even though his look has evolved since his debut in Steamboat Willie, one thing remains true: Mickey Mouse is classic. Marci Robin, Allure, "Dose of Colors' Brand-New Mickey Mouse Makeup Collection Is Already Selling Out," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Despite a multinational effort to find the submarine and rescue survivors, its remains were never found. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Drones Are Looking for the Lost Sub That Disappeared One Year Ago," 16 Nov. 2018 Turkish authorities are searching for his remains in wooded areas outside of Istanbul. Alex Ward, Vox, "Why Jared Kushner reportedly wants Trump to stand by Saudi Arabia," 18 Oct. 2018 His remains went to a mainland medical examiner first, then to a funeral home. Earl Swift, Outside Online, "The Incredible True Story of the Henrietta C.," 20 June 2018 Due to some discrepancies in radiocarbon dating, however, archaeologists still aren't sure whether the child's remains are Clovis. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "New study adds evidence to debate over the only known Clovis burial," 18 June 2018 Complete with military headstone, Hall's remains are at the Sweet-Montour Cemetery, where it's decorated today with a small American flag for Memorial Day. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "He was the 1st Idahoan killed in action. And he died in a war you've probably never heard of. | Idaho Statesman," 27 May 2018 So far, only 28 of the gravesites in Iraq have been excavated, unearthing the remains of 1,258 bodies. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Islamic State Left 200 Mass Graves in Iraq, U.N. Says," 6 Nov. 2018 Police have charged the ex-boyfriend of Kiera Bergman with first-degree murder after the remains of the 19-year-old Arizona teen were found earlier this month, ABC 15 reports. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Kiera Bergman's Ex-Boyfriend Has Been Charged With Murder in Connection to Her Killing," 12 Sep. 2018 These are the physical remains of Black Rock City, a multiyear sampling of materials collected by the BLM after the Burners had gone home and a corps of volunteers had walked the playa with trash bags. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 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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