Definition of remain
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>
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.
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
First Known Use of remain
REMAIN Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of remain for Students
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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