- 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- miscellaneous, fragmentary, or other writings still unpublished at the time of an author's death.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 remained
The cops climbed out and approached the man who remained in the street.Shot Down During the NYPD Slowdown
January 7, 2015
But his motives for shooting John Paul II have remained a mystery shrouded in multiple conspiracy theories.Pope-Shooter Ali Agca’s Very Weird Vatican Visit
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 29, 2014
He remained as hopeful as ever that he would himself join the NYPD, whatever the danger.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
Dean Todd remained my friend until I graduated in 1988, with my degree in English literature.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Yet for all his enthusiasm for the American film industry, he remained forever an expatriate.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Aspasia remained in Athens, triumphant over the laws of religion and morality.
For three days and three nights, Paralus remained in complete oblivion.
For some time after the interview with his father, Paralus remained very wakeful.
We accepted his kind invitation to make ourselves his guests while we remained.Explorations in Australia
A few days later his small son, who had remained behind, died.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
- 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 remained
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.