re·​main | \ ri-ˈmān How to pronounce remain (audio) \
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

Of course, they were also accompanied by Daenerys Targaryen and her lone remaining dragon, Drogon. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "All the Signs Daenerys Targaryen Was Going to Become the Mad Queen on Game of Thrones," 13 May 2019 Even with the various complications, both Britany and Jason's clients remained in surprisingly high spirits—especially given the four-day timeline that would leave many in a constant state of s-t-r-e-s-s. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Best Room Wins Episode Two Steps Up to the Challenge of Contemporary," 9 May 2019 The long term goal is for F/A-XX to replace the remaining Super Hornets, leaving each air wing with two F-35C squadrons and two F/A-XX squadrons. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After the F-35, the Navy Will Make Its Next Fighter Without the Air Force," 7 May 2019 The remaining $180 million would be a grant transferred to the Gaza Strip for humanitarian relief through United Nations programs and for help providing electricity to the power-strapped... Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Qatar Sends Palestinians Aid After Deadly Gaza Clash With Israel," 7 May 2019 Of the Top 24 remaining artists who performed on Monday night, Adam Levine only held claim to four of them. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This 'Voice' Contestant Saved Adam Levine's Team and It Was So Awkward," 5 May 2019 The queens are some of the longest-running performers in the city, and the few remaining community members who can recall what the scene was like before gentrification and the rise of Silicon Valley changed the landscape. Devin Antheus, Vogue, "Legends of San Francisco," 30 Apr. 2019 Wash off any remaining food particles and toothpaste. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What's the Most Sanitary Way to Store Your Toothbrush?," 29 Mar. 2019 Though the nameplates, badges, and regalia had all been removed, the sense remained: These uniforms had been to war. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "Why My Relationship With Camo Print Is Messy," 29 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Consistently, the ancient genomes most closely matched those of Aboriginal people now living in the same region where the ancient remains had once been buried. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "DNA may reconnect Aboriginal Australian remains with modern communities," 27 Dec. 2018 Her body was discovered a few days later near Tucson, not far from where Celis' remains were discovered three years later, according to authorities. Fox News, "Sex offender faces court in case of 2 Arizona girls killed," 24 Sep. 2018 Before these remains were discovered, Denisovans and Neanderthals were not known to have reproduced together. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, "Scientists Discover Remains of an Ancient Human Hybrid," 25 Aug. 2018 By some estimates, more than half of all known archaeological remains in Britain have been discovered by spotting crop marks from the sky in the past 70-odd years. The Economist, "Dry weather is helping archaeologists discover ancient sites," 12 July 2018 The remains were identified two days ago and Laiaddee's parents have been informed, Spielman said. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Remains found in Arizona ID'd as long-missing woman Jamie Laiaddee," 29 June 2018 The remains found buried in the backyard of a home near Clermont were identified as a 36-year-old man missing for three years, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. David Harris,, "Remains found buried under concrete identified as man missing since 2015," 15 June 2018 The station reports that structural engineers are determining the best way to deconstruct the home and remove the remains. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "These Images of a Tree Falling on a Kentucky Cabin Are Terrifying," 19 Apr. 2019 In 2015, my grandfather was contacted by a group claiming to have discovered the remains of his oldest brother, Roger Nielson, buried in the sand on a small island in the South Pacific. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "What Is Aquavit, and Why Are They Suddenly Making Scandinavian Booze in Colorado?," 24 Feb. 2019

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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.
somewhat formal : to stay in the same place or with the same person or group : to stay after others have gone


re·​main | \ ri-ˈmān How to pronounce remain (audio) \
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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