- to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified: to remain at peace.
- to stay behind or in the same place: to remain at home; I'll remain here when you go to the airport.
- to be left after the removal, loss, destruction, etc., of all else: The front wall is all that remains of the fort.
- to be left to be done, told, shown, etc.: Only the dishwashing remains.
- to be reserved or in store.
- Usually remains. something that remains or is left.
- miscellaneous, fragmentary, or other writings still unpublished at the time of an author's death.
- traces of some quality, condition, etc.
- a dead body; corpse.
- parts or substances remaining from animal or plant life that occur in the earth's crust or strata: fossil remains; organic remains.
Origin of remain
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Examples from the Web for remain
Any plans to grow her exercise movement must, she insists, remain “completely organic.”How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
The people who are involved in the violence, they figure out ways to remain here at all costs and continue causing trouble.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Instead, black models are required to remain meekly, silently off stage, waiting for a turn that may never come.One Vogue Cover Doesn’t Solve Fashion’s Big Race Problem
January 2, 2015
Expectations, reasonable or unrealistic, remain so even if we impose them on ourselves.Why Singles Should Say ‘I Don’t’ to The Self-Marriage Movement
December 30, 2014
The fate of AirAsia Flight 8501 and the 162 souls on board is a tragedy, but it will not remain a mystery for much longer.Who Will Get AsiaAir 8501’s Black Boxes?
December 30, 2014
Philothea has glided from the apartment, as if afraid to remain in my presence.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
But Mr. Hand, flattered by her politeness, begged her to remain.The Raid From Beausejour; And How The Carter Boys Lifted The Mortgage
Charles G. D. Roberts
It is expressed in conduct, of course; but conduct may fail while the attitude can remain constant.
It is loss for the one who departs as well as for those who remain behind.
I expect Mr. Smith here by six o'clock; will you remain with me and see him?Life in London
- to stay behind or in the same placeto remain at home; only Tom remained
- (copula) to continue to beto remain cheerful
- to be left, as after use, consumption, the passage of time, etca little wine still remained in the bottle
- to be left to be done, said, etcit remains to be pointed out
Word Origin and History for remain
early 15c., from Anglo-French remayn-, Old French remain-, stressed stem of remanoir "stay, dwell, remain; be left; hold out," from Latin remanere "to remain, to stay behind; be left behind; endure, abide, last" (cf. Spanish remaner, Italian rimanere), from re- "back" (see re-) + manere "to stay, remain" (see mansion). Related: Remained; remaining.
"those left over or surviving," mid-15c., from Middle French remain, back-formation from Old French remanoir, remaindre, or else formed in Middle English from remain (v.). But the more usual noun in English has been remainder except in remains, euphemism for "corpse," attested from c.1700, from mortal remains.