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remain

verb re·main \ ri-ˈmān \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of remain

intransitive verb
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

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of remain

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


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remain

noun

Definition of remain

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

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First Known Use of remain

15th century



REMAIN Defined for English Language Learners

remain

verb

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

verb re·main \ ri-ˈmān \

Definition of remain for Students

remained; remaining
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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