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 City leaders have tried to soften the blow for small businesses that have suffered damages or remain reluctant to remove their plywood barriers with its grant program that provides up to $10,000 for repairs. oregonlive, 6 June 2021 While Government antitrust cases against Google and Facebook remain pending, a trial was conducted in Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple for removing the Fortnite App from its App Store. David Reichenberg, Forbes, 6 June 2021 If the vaccines remain effective, boosters may never be required, or perhaps only every two or three or more years. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, 6 June 2021 What does remain, though, is the earthy patchouli note that gives it its character, along with a dollop of sweet and sensual honey – a note relatively rare in men’s fragrances and later used the likes of L’Envol de Cartier and Bulgari Man. Lee Kynaston, Robb Report, 6 June 2021 But what about in places where vaccine distribution has lagged and the person next to you in the grocery store is as likely as not to remain unvaccinated? Alex Putterman,, 6 June 2021 Republican senators may soon come grinding to a halt, as there remain significant differences over the cost of an infrastructure proposal, as well as how it should be funded. Grace Segers, CBS News, 6 June 2021 Economists are forecasting a narrower trade gap in April, though the overall figure will likely remain elevated as the U.S. reopening gathers strength. Wsj Staff, WSJ, 6 June 2021 If highs do remain at or above 90F through Wednesday as the current forecast shows, that would tie for the longest early-season stretch on record. Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Reserved seat tickets for the Bad Habit show are $10 in advance and $12 at the door if any remain. Jack W. Hill, Arkansas Online, 27 May 2021 Signature dishes like the pork belly and shrimp and grits everyone raves about remain on the menu. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, 17 May 2021 Once abundant and plentiful all over California, too few remain of these long-lived and giving ancestors. Los Angeles Times, 17 May 2021 Following ex-Oregon safety Patrick Chung’s retirement, three players drafted by the Patriots in the second round remain. Oliver Thomas, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 The World Wildlife Fund estimates that there are about 415,000 elephants in Africa, while less than 50,000 remain in Asia. Washington Post, 13 May 2021 In 2021, the air force’s 125 front-line aircraft are what remain of those Cold War leftovers. David Axe, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 Though no props from the movie remain, fans regularly stop by Point Dume for photos. Hillary Maglin, Travel + Leisure, 26 Apr. 2021 Only three remain; the others are in Mesa, Arizona and Lansing, Illinois. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Apr. 2021

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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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8 Jun 2021

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“Remain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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