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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The rocketing cost of food and energy drove inflation to 9.4% last month, meaning the cost of living is 9.4% higher than this time last year, while most incomes remain the same. Becky Burgum,, 3 Aug. 2022 The expectations remain the same with senior quarterback Alex Henry and a rugged defense, led by two big edge rushers and three returning starters in the secondary. Matt Goul, cleveland, 3 Aug. 2022 As far as Double D’s family-friendly atmosphere, drinks and pub food, Michalek says everything will remain mostly the same. Quinn Clark, Journal Sentinel, 2 Aug. 2022 Contact information for the new office will remain the same. Benjamin Collins, Arkansas Online, 29 July 2022 The format will remain the same with 54 holes played at the same time and there will be no cuts. Damon Brooks Jr., USA TODAY, 28 July 2022 The results of all county races remain the same following the canvass. Jason Fontelieu, Baltimore Sun, 28 July 2022 Ten of those sites reported that levels had increased since the last analysis, while most sites saw levels remain the same. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 July 2022 Performance numbers remain the same across the lineup as well, with 452 horsepower out of the standard-range battery, and 580 crime-fighting horses from extended-range models. Jack Fitzgerald, Car and Driver, 28 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lake were destroyed as Europeans settled the area, but a few remain, including lynx, conical, linear and bear mounds on the north shore and a bird mound on the south shore. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2022 About 12,000 to 13,000 remain in the city, Striuk said, huddled in shelters and largely cut off from the rest of Ukraine. Democrat-gazette Staff From Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 28 May 2022 The season has eight episodes total, so six more remain. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 15 Apr. 2022 About 12,000 to 13,000 remain in the city, where 90% of the buildings are damaged, the mayor told The Associated Press. Yuras Karmanau,, 28 May 2022 Zubar believes the number to be no more than 700,000, while Maria Avdeeva, a think-tanker turned wartime videographer filming the fate of her city, estimates that as few as 300,000 remain. Tim Judah, The New York Review of Books, 28 Apr. 2022 Many refugees have moved on to other European countries, though about 100,000 remain in the country currently, according to Education Cannot Wait, the United Nation’s global fund for education in emergencies. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 14 Apr. 2022 Even with more than half under construction, almost a third remain in pre-development, the city controller said, with most expected to open only between 2023 and 2026. Linus Chua,, 23 Feb. 2022 At the same time, concerns of another variant remain, as well as the lack of a vaccine available to children ages 4 and under. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 24 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for remain


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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