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remain

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verb re·main \ri-ˈmān\

Definition of remain

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2 :  to stay in the same place or with the same person or group; especially :  to stay behind

  4. 3 :  to continue unchanged <the fact remains that we can't go>

Examples of remain in a sentence

  1. Little remained after the fire.

  2. Only two minutes still remain in the game.

  3. The question remains: who fired the shot?

  4. She remained in Boston after she finished college.

  5. The soldiers were ordered to remain at their posts.

  6. I remained behind after the class had ended.

  7. He remained with the team.

Origin and Etymology of remain

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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remain

noun re·main

Definition of remain

  1. 1 obsolete :  stay

  2. 2 :  a remaining part or trace —usually used in plural

  3. 3 plural :  a dead body

15th Century

First Known Use of remain

15th century



REMAIN Defined for English Language Learners

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remain

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verb re·main \ri-ˈmān\

Definition of remain for English Language Learners

  • : 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


REMAIN Defined for Kids

remain

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verb re·main \ri-ˈmān\

Definition of remain for Students

remained

remaining

  1. 1 :  to stay in the same place <Please remain in your seats.>

  2. 2 :  to stay after others have gone <Only one bus remained at school.>

  3. 3 :  to continue to be <The weather remained cold.> <They remained friends.>

  4. 4 :  to be left after others have been removed, subtracted, or destroyed <Little remained after the fire.>

  5. 5 :  to be something yet to be done or considered <Her innocence remains to be proved.>



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