- 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- miscellaneous, fragmentary, or other writings still unpublished at the time of an author's death.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 remaining
Their logic: the sea-creature would come alive and drink up any remaining alcohol.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
Fold over the edges and crimp, then trim any remaining excess.Make ‘The Chew’s’ Carla Hall’s Pumpkin Pecan Pie
December 26, 2014
Once hot, add the shallots, apples, cranberries, and remaining cranberry juice to the pan.Make Carla Hall’s Roasted Pork Loin With Cranberries
December 24, 2014
Today, there are only about 30,000 remaining, as they have disappeared from twenty-six countries.Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction
Sean B. Carroll
November 30, 2014
Her destination was Corcoran, California, where Charles Manson is spending his remaining days in a state prison.Mrs. Manson, Hometown Antihero
November 24, 2014
They filled two bottles they had remaining with the precious fluid.Brave and Bold
Among the remaining symbols is the cross of four equal arms.The Non-Christian Cross
John Denham Parsons
And, as for my own pleasure, I shall best consult it by remaining precisely where I am.Main Street
Nor is Battle Abbey the only remaining monument of Hastings.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
The remaining four and a half companies continued to advance.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- 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 remaining
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.