remain

verb
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

remain

noun

Definition of remain (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of remain in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The choice between personal freedom and societal well-being has resulted in workplace tumult as some employees choose to remain unvaccinated — sometimes because of misunderstandings and misinformation about the vaccine. Shwanika Narayan, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Oct. 2021 Despite the relatively high vaccination rates — the U.S. as a whole is averaging 55.5% — there are still hundreds of thousands of people across the region who, for one reason or another, remain unvaccinated and vulnerable to infection. Wilson Ring, courant.com, 4 Oct. 2021 Employees whose adult dependents wish to remain unvaccinated and also dodge the fee can seek health insurance elsewhere, Ochsner noted. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 4 Oct. 2021 Despite the relatively high vaccination rates — the U.S. as a whole is averaging 55.5% — there are still hundreds of thousands of people across the region who, for one reason or another, remain unvaccinated and vulnerable to infection. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Oct. 2021 His decision to remain unvaccinated for COVID-19 did not help. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 3 Oct. 2021 De Jesus Sanchez is nervous about the fate of so many Haitians who remain unaccounted for in a region long dominated by organized crime. Dallas News, 2 Oct. 2021 With more precarity in the drug supply, those kinds of precautions reported back by clients who remain alive constitute little victories for her team. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Oct. 2021 However, for those who are fired and make the choice to remain unvaccinated, the company said those workers will be ineligible to receive unemployment benefits. Ashlee Banks, Essence, 1 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An estimated 8,000 returned to Mexico voluntarily, while another 4,000 remain in U.S. custody awaiting expulsion or release. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 27 Sep. 2021 The coroner's office used DNA samples extracted from the remain's tissue and compared those to samples from Satterlee's sons. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, 25 Sep. 2021 But many more awaiting rescue remain -- including Afghans who guarded the UK embassy and a few hundred British nationals. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2021 Roughly 760,000 people are either without water or under a boil water advisory and nearly a million remain without power. CBS News, 1 Sep. 2021 The circumstances surrounding the killing remain under investigation. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 30 Aug. 2021 Many Afghans desperate to leave remain outside Kabul and far from any airport. Tazreena Sajjad, Quartz, 24 Aug. 2021 The ruling affects thousands of asylum seekers with active cases who were subject to the remain in Mexico program. Kevin Mcgill, ajc, 20 Aug. 2021 Measures taken by governing bodies and institutions to address their athletes' mental health remain of little use if athletes fear stigmatization or loss of privacy or agency. Mia Ives-rublee, CNN, 28 July 2021

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First Known Use of remain

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for remain

Verb

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

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The first known use of remain was in the 14th century

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“Remain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remain. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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remain

verb

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

remain

verb
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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