remain

[ri-meyn]

verb (used without object)

noun

Usually remains. something that remains or is left.
remains,
  1. miscellaneous, fragmentary, or other writings still unpublished at the time of an author's death.
  2. traces of some quality, condition, etc.
  3. a dead body; corpse.
  4. 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

1375–1425; late Middle English remainen < Anglo-French remain-, stressed stem of Middle French remanoir < Latin remanēre, equivalent to re- re- + manēre to stay; see manor
Related formsun·re·main·ing, adjective

Synonyms for remain

1. abide, stay. 2. wait, tarry, rest. 3. endure, abide.

Synonym study

1. See continue.

Antonyms for remain

2. depart.
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Examples from the Web for remained

Contemporary Examples of remained

Historical Examples of remained

  • Aspasia remained in Athens, triumphant over the laws of religion and morality.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • For three days and three nights, Paralus remained in complete oblivion.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • For some time after the interview with his father, Paralus remained very wakeful.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • We accepted his kind invitation to make ourselves his guests while we remained.

  • A few days later his small son, who had remained behind, died.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon


British Dictionary definitions for remained

remain

verb (mainly intr)

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
See also remains

Word Origin for remain

C14: from Old French remanoir, from Latin remanēre to be left, from re- + manēre to stay
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Word Origin and History for remained

remain

v.

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.

remain

n.

"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.

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