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 Police said those who submit tips will remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the tip leads to a felony arrest. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Oct. 2021 But 275 still remain unvaccinated, said spokeswoman Brooke Hynes., 16 Oct. 2021 While Thomas Dodd’s scandal has been largely lost to history, Chris Dodd’s missteps remain fresh, said Ben Proto, chairman of the Connecticut Republican Party. Daniela Altimari,, 15 Oct. 2021 Politico’s newsrooms in the U.S. and Europe will remain separate, Mr. Döpfner said. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 15 Oct. 2021 Merah said those unions remain in negotiations with the state. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 About 7,000 to 7,500 cheetahs remain in the wild, the statement said, living in various pockets of Africa and part of Iran. Megan Marples, CNN, 13 Oct. 2021 While the new photo shows that North Korea may have developed a viable aerodynamic design, the weapon’s in-flight capabilities remain unclear, experts said. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Deon said temperatures will remain above average all week, eventually reaching the mid-80s by Friday. Chelsea Prince, ajc, 11 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of their worst practices was stopped following the events at Hobgood, but the conditions that allowed the lawlessness remain. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, 8 Oct. 2021 An estimated 8,000 returned to Mexico voluntarily, while another 4,000 remain in U.S. custody awaiting expulsion or release. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, 27 Sep. 2021 The coroner's office used DNA samples extracted from the remain's tissue and compared those to samples from Satterlee's sons. Nicole Acevedo, NBC News, 25 Sep. 2021 But many more awaiting rescue remain -- including Afghans who guarded the UK embassy and a few hundred British nationals., 2 Sep. 2021 Roughly 760,000 people are either without water or under a boil water advisory and nearly a million remain without power. CBS News, 1 Sep. 2021 The circumstances surrounding the killing remain under investigation. Carol Robinson |, al, 30 Aug. 2021 Many Afghans desperate to leave remain outside Kabul and far from any airport. Tazreena Sajjad, Quartz, 24 Aug. 2021 The ruling affects thousands of asylum seekers with active cases who were subject to the remain in Mexico program. Kevin Mcgill, ajc, 20 Aug. 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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“Remain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 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.
: 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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