remain

1 of 2

verb

re·​main ri-ˈmān How to pronounce remain (audio)
remained; remaining; remains

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

remain

2 of 2

noun

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
Other portions of the state park — including the Rim and Pioneer campgrounds, the Burney Falls General Store and the visitor center — will remain open, according to the parks department. Hailey Branson-Potts, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2024 The cause of the blast remained unknown late Friday night. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 The whereabouts of the bright red skeleton also remained a mystery this weekend. Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer, 17 Feb. 2024 The switch is widely-expected, but Ancelotti remained tight-lipped on the matter when pushed to comment early on Saturday afternoon in Spain. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 17 Feb. 2024 Thirty-five years later, Reeves, 59, and Winter, 58, remain good friends. Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 17 Feb. 2024 Those promises remain largely unmet, and Britain's economic growth has come to a virtual standstill, with the country slipping into recession at the end of 2023 for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Jill Lawless The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 17 Feb. 2024 The franchise remains alive, but the best books came out between 1957 and 1977, when Goscinny wrote the stories, peppering them with his witty dialogue. Ernesto Lechner, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Feb. 2024 But there remains a large gap between European aid pledges and actual deliveries. Constant Méheut, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024
Noun
Officials have made the return of their remains part of the negotiations. Heidi Levine, Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2024 Police Are Still IDing Victims At the time of the discovery of Murlin's remains, a cause of death could not be determined and she was later buried at Lindenwood Cemetery on May 21, 1992, Brandenberger said, per CNN. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 18 Feb. 2024 Police Department Division Chief of Investigations Rick Kyle said police were working to support the families impacted by the discovery of the remains. Sarah Moon, CNN, 17 Feb. 2024 Some of the collected remains were as small as a quarter. Audrey McAvoy and Mark Thiessen The Associated Press, arkansasonline.com, 15 Feb. 2024 The statue's remains were found by the Wichita Fire Department dismantled, burned and unsalvageable in a small trash fire. League 42, which was founded in 2013 and named after Robinson's jersey number, raised $194,780 through an online campaign launched to replace the statue. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 13 Feb. 2024 Their remains were identified by rescuers a few hours later. Katya Soldak, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 These are the remains of shells, sea urchins, coral, plankton, and diatoms that drifted down to what was a seabed 25 million years ago, forming thick sheets of limestone. Discover Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 Several months later, investigators found a tentative match in Loar, who was last seen wearing clothing similar to the pieces found near the remains of the John Doe back in 1998, Orange County sheriff’s officials said. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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

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Cite this Entry

“Remain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remain. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

remain

1 of 2 verb
re·​main ri-ˈmān How to pronounce remain (audio)
1
a
: to be a part not destroyed, taken, or used up
little remained after the fire
b
: to be something yet to be shown, done, or treated
that 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 weather remained cold

remain

2 of 2 noun
1
: whatever is left over or behind
usually used in plural
the remains of a meal
2
plural : a dead body

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