re·​main·​ing ri-ˈmā-niŋ How to pronounce remaining (audio)
: left over after a part has been destroyed, taken, used, or lost
Dough should not stick to sides of bowl; if it does, add some or all of remaining 2 tablespoons of bread flour until dough cleans sides of bowl.Tish Boyle
"You're good people," Kugelmass said, combing his few remaining hairs as he climbed into the cabinet again.Woody Allen
The researchers, focusing on distinct oral languages, not dialects, interviewed and made recordings of the few remaining speakers of a language and collected basic word lists.John Noble Wilford

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Recommended by Our Editors Windows 11 Update Adds AI-Powered Bing, Built-In Screen Recorder How to Check Out Early Versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11 The two remaining channels in the Insider Program—Beta and Release Preview—aren't changing. PCMAG, 6 Mar. 2023 After enacting two packages of property insurance reforms last year, legislative leaders are pushing to extend those reforms to most remaining types of insurance, including auto, liability, business interruption, health and life. Ron Hurtibise, Sun Sentinel, 5 Mar. 2023 Prince’s remaining drives were then seized; however, no one was able to crack the code to see what was inside. Louisa Ballhaus, Robb Report, 28 Feb. 2023 The government hopes to lift most remaining restrictions on social contact in June. Mike Fuller, Star Tribune, 13 May 2021 Finally, during the return of the playoff rounds beginning on May 1, the 20 remaining acts will face off as each coach has to pick two to advance to the live semifinals. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 22 Feb. 2023 Wary of rock n' roll's reputation of tearing apart bands, remaining friends is just as—if not more important–than making good music together. Ariana Marsh, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Feb. 2023 Following the testing, remaining funds were supposed to be spent cleaning up the parkways with the greatest lead levels and highest risk of exposure, according to the department’s website. Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2023 Workers have been freed to search a broader area since the weekend demolition of the unstable remaining portion of the condo building. Terry Spencer, ajc, 7 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of remaining was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Remaining.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

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