remain

1 of 2

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

2 of 2

noun

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The Oilers have won six straight to move to fourth in the Pacific Division while the Blue Jackets have lost four of their past five and remain in the cellar of the Metropolitan Division. Nick Hennion, Chicago Tribune, 25 Jan. 2023 Michelle Price, a spokeswoman for the Newport News school district, declined to comment on Toscano’s claims or reveal whether the principal and vice principal remain employed at Richneck. Jim Morrison, Washington Post, 25 Jan. 2023 Ice fog – a weather phenomenon that occurs only in extreme cold when water droplets in air remain in liquid form – is also expected in the city this week, local authorities said. Heather Chen, CNN, 25 Jan. 2023 Gardner-Fernandez and Fernandez remain suspects in the killing, a law enforcement source told Fox News Digital. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 25 Jan. 2023 What’s important to keep in mind is that businesses need to stay vigilant and remain compliant as well. Shobhit Khandelwal, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2023 At the end of the season, the couples will have to decide whether to remain married, or divorce and go their separate ways. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2023 Details about what happened after the stop remain unclear. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 24 Jan. 2023 This is a subject on which the federal government cannot and should not remain silent. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 24 Jan. 2023
Noun
About 1,500 remain in the city’s care, Chicago officials said, though buses from border states are no longer arriving on a regular basis. Alice Yin, Chicago Tribune, 5 Jan. 2023 About 1,500 remain in the city’s care, officials said. Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune, 31 Dec. 2022 Conservation groups say the North Atlantic right whale population is declining—researchers estimate only about 340 remain—and that entanglement in ropes used to haul up lobster traps is a major threat. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, 1 Dec. 2022 Stir in the chickpeas and the remain-ing coconut milk. Men's Health, 25 Oct. 2022 The tests will get much tougher and questions about the offensive line and secondary remain. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, 5 Sep. 2022 All indoor entertainment venues, schools and restaurants for dining-in remain shut in Chengdu, the local government said. Fortune, 5 Sep. 2022 Twisted scraps of metal are all that remain of homes and family cars. Phil Mccausland, NBC News, 22 Aug. 2022 Lake were destroyed as Europeans settled the area, but a few remain, including lynx, conical, linear and bear mounds on the north shore and a bird mound on the south shore. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2022 See More

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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 6 Feb. 2023.

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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