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 Despite that, Hook argued both an import and export ban on Tehran must remain in place to secure the wider Mideast. Washington Post, "AP Interview: US envoy calls for Iran arms embargo renewal," 28 June 2020 The agency outlined in the letter the steps that will remain in the clearance process following the test flights, which include evaluating minimum pilot training requirements among other processes. Clare Duffy, CNN, "Boeing can begin test flights of the 737 Max, FAA says," 28 June 2020 Evacuation orders remain in place for residents in Mt. Bigelow & Lower Soldier HOA, Summerhaven, Willow Creek, lower Catalina Highway and lower Mt. Lemmon communities from Organization Ridge Road to South Willow Canyon. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona wildfires: Aquila Fire fully contained, Bighorn Fire surpasses 88K acres near Tucson," 27 June 2020 The social distancing requirements in place for the child care programs include having groups of no more than 10 children that must remain in the same group all day without combining with another classroom. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Lawsuit goes after Gov. Andy Beshear's limits on Florence Speedway, child care," 27 June 2020 The high court's decision means Texas rules on qualifying for ballots will remain in place for the state's July 14 primary runoff election. Anthony Leonardi, Washington Examiner, "Supreme Court rejects bid from Texas Democrats to allow all residents to vote by mail," 26 June 2020 In response to the order, Hidalgo said the county will prohibit outdoor gatherings over 100 people and that residents who attend July 4 fireworks shows must remain in their cars. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County raises COVID-19 threat to most critical level, residents encouraged to stay home," 26 June 2020 On Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will remain in the second phase of re-opening for at least another three weeks. Lacrai Mitchell, CBS News, "Black North Carolina business owners adapt to financial uncertainty amid pandemic," 25 June 2020 During his tenure as ACC commissioner, Swofford expanded the football footprint from nine teams to 15, adding Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Notre Dame (although the Fighting Irish remain independent in football). Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "ACC commissioner John Swofford will retire in 2020-21," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Games initially will be limited to season ticket holders, but Miller said the club could release individual tickets closer to game day if any remain. oregonlive, "Portland Pickles announce 2020 schedule, move games to Marion County to allow fans to attend," 25 June 2020 In Sherman Park, the problems that were festering remain, said Reggie Jackson, a historian and diversity trainer who lives in the neighborhood. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Again and again, Milwaukee has protested police brutality and racist policies. What legacy will these marchers leave?," 3 June 2020 Ticket prices before the museum closed remain intact. cleveland, "Rock Hall to reopen Monday with new artifacts from Billy Idol, Lynyrd Skynyrd," 11 June 2020 An autopsy on the remains in pending, Rexburg Police Assistant Chief Gary Hagen said in a statement. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "What we know about the missing Idaho children as their mother and her husband face charges," 11 June 2020 The complaint said Daybell concealed the remains between Sept. 22, 2019 and June 9, 2020. NBC News, "Chad Daybell, stepdad of two missing Idaho kids, hid remains of children on property, police say," 10 June 2020 The ruins were recently uncovered by a team of archaeologists who say the building's remains date back to 1567, according to a statement released by Archaeology South-East, part of University College London's Institute of Archaeology. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'Nothing short of a miracle': Archaeologists claim they discovered London's oldest theater," 10 June 2020 The remains have not been identified, and Daybell has not been charged with anything. TheWeek, "Chad Daybell in custody after human remains found at his Idaho home," 9 June 2020 In 1933, the Confederate remains were put in 25 wooden boxes and buried in a mass grave at Crown Hill marked by a new six-foot-tall granite monument. Dawn Mitchell, The Indianapolis Star, "The history behind the Confederate monument removed from Garfield Park," 8 June 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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1 Jul 2020

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“Remain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 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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