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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But temperatures are forecast to remain squarely in the 70s through the weekend. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Records tumble as Alaska’s historic heat wave rolls on," 9 July 2019 As the health care landscape has become more difficult, community hospitals have struggled to remain independent. Ginger Christ,, "Summa Health to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Beaumont Health," 9 July 2019 The poisons are stronger, more likely to kill after a single feeding and tend to remain in animal tissue longer, moving through the food chain. Alexei Koseff,, "California bill targets rat poisons that kill rats’ predators, too," 9 July 2019 Their overall goal is to remain part of a committed couple as tempting new singles are gradually added to the villa. Ew Staff,, "What to Watch on Tuesday: The coupling up commences on Love Island," 9 July 2019 Moreover, European banking looks likely to remain far from lucrative for some time to come. The Economist, "Deutsche Bank shrinks and restructures," 8 July 2019 With Irving headed to Brooklyn to join forces with an injured Durant and DeAndre Jordan, Clifford thinks the Nets, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Indiana Pacers are going to remain competitive. Jason Beede,, "Magic confident they can compete in revamped Eastern Conference," 8 July 2019 On Monday, the plaintiff, who prefers to remain unnamed publicly, asserted his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to testify after being questioned by the actor’s lawyer about text messages the defense claims were deleted. Nardine Saad,, "Here’s what’s going on in Kevin Spacey’s legal saga," 8 July 2019 Hunt's nervy performance as the outwardly unsympathetic Jackie, struggling to remain a dutiful wife and loving mother in the face of bitter recriminations and sinister revelations, is finely rendered. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'I See You': Film Review | Edinburgh 2019," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Investigators only last month confirmed the remains were Day’s., "Handyman arraigned Monday in former Mouseketeer’s death in Oregon," 8 July 2019 By the time President Lee Myung-bak, a conservative, shut it down in 2010, Mr. Park’s teams had excavated only 11 of 168 potential mass burial sites, recovering 1,600 sets of remains, a small fraction of the tens of thousands of civilians killed. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "Excavating a Horror That Some Koreans Wish Would Stay Buried," 5 July 2019 Just before noon, deputies located and recovered the remains, which the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau will identify. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Likely remains of Oceanside outdoorsman found in Riverside County mountains," 2 July 2019 The remains, which were concealed among brush, were later identified as 22-year-old Houston Auer, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department. Hannah Fry,, "Body of man who was allegedly killed by his roommate is found in forest, officials say," 28 June 2019 The remains, however, are those a white male, approximately 5-feet, 10-inches tall. Carol Robinson |,, "Authorities trying to ID partially skeletonized remains found in abandoned Ensley house," 26 June 2019 The couple's remains are still in Fiji, pending the outcome of several investigations. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Fort Worth couple vacationing in Fiji didn't die of infectious disease, tests indicate," 22 June 2019 Highway 16 remains closed between Highway 20 and County Road 45. Ashley Mcbride,, "Firefighters make progress in battling Sand Fire, Malech Fire," 10 June 2019 The remains of a Mulberry harbor — a kind of temporary, portable harbor that was so vital to the Allied invasion — are clearly visible from nearby cliffs, covered with daisies and purple clover. NBC News, "As the world marks D-Day 75 years on, post-war alliance is in doubt," 4 June 2019

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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 1

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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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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