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 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 bulbs will remain dormant and need water only when the autumn cycle begins anew. oregonlive, "Plant a pot full of bulbs for spring tulips, daffodils and more," 26 Oct. 2020 Polls will remain open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Friday in Dallas County. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "North Texas counties shatter all-time early voting record," 26 Oct. 2020 The region would remain — for the next four decades — a stronghold of Black political power. Washington Post, "He fought for Black voting rights after the Civil War. He was almost killed for it.," 25 Oct. 2020 Temperatures will remain cool through the wind event, with highs in the 70s along the coastal plain, Sirard said. Alex Wigglesworth, Los Angeles Times, "California braces for most dangerous fire weather of the season; PG&E already cutting off power to customers," 25 Oct. 2020 If the Vancouver Whitecaps tie their game against San Jose, Salt Lake will remain in ninth place in the Western Conference, just one spot below the playoff line. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "RSL plays FC Dallas to a scoreless draw despite many chances at goal," 25 Oct. 2020 Plenty of exes can remain perfectly close friends after a split without crossing any lines that would put their future relationships at risk. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "My boyfriend has been secretly texting his ex since the pandemic started. He says it’s harmless. Do I believe him?," 25 Oct. 2020 The company’s chief executive, Brian NeSmith, will remain in Silicon Valley. Star Tribune, "Arctic Wolf will move its headquarters to Eden Prairie from Silicon Valley," 24 Oct. 2020 The restaurant’s original location on the East Middle Turnpike near Bolton will remain open. Kristina Vakhman,, "From local restaurants to bookstores, these Connecticut businesses have permanently closed as a result of COVID-19," 24 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But two key stumbling blocks to a deal remain -- whether the U.K. will agree to apply restrictions on state subsidies in a similar way to the EU and the fishing rights for European countries in British waters. Joe Mayes,, "U.K. Plans to Quit Brexit Talks If No Deal Clear Next Week," 7 Oct. 2020 The Browns offense continues to score, but the issues in the secondary remain. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Cleveland Browns vs. Dallas Cowboys: Predictions for Sunday’s game," 4 Oct. 2020 No counties were added to the watchlist this week and six remain: Baker, Jackson, Jefferson, Malheur, Morrow, and Umatilla. oregonlive, "Multnomah and Hood River counties come off state coronavirus watch list after taming untraceable cases," 28 Aug. 2020 Some of their assignments have ended, but a few remain at the fire camps. Tatiana Sánchez,, "As California blazes rage, travel nurses fill critical need at fire camps," 20 Sep. 2020 More than 100 of those who've tested positive remain on campus, quarantining in dorms where healthy students also live. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan will release names of schools connected to COVID-19 outbreaks," 2 Sep. 2020 Because Airbnb announced that this ban with remain in effect indefinitely, it may not be lifted even after the pandemic ends — whenever that may be. Olivia Harrison,, "Airbnb Has Officially Banned House Parties," 20 Aug. 2020 Many Louisville businesses near the protest square remain boarded up, fearing more violence. Washington Post, "As Breonna Taylor protests stretch into 12th week, calls for officers’ arrests intensify," 19 Aug. 2020 Shortly afterward, Tanzania’s director of the department of refugees visited camps for Burundians in western Tanzania where close to 200,000 remain, refugees told The Associated Press. Washington Post, "Burundian refugees in Tanzania face new pressure to go home," 7 July 2020

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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 3

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

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29 Oct 2020

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“Remain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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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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