[ ri-meyn ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified: to remain at peace.

  2. to stay behind or in the same place: to remain at home;I'll remain here when you go to the airport.

  1. to be left after the removal, loss, destruction, etc., of all else: The front wall is all that remains of the fort.

  2. to be left to be done, told, shown, etc.: Only the dishwashing remains.

  3. to be reserved or in store.

  1. Usually remains. something that remains or is left.

  2. remains,

    • miscellaneous, fragmentary, or other writings still unpublished at the time of an author's death.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

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English remainen, from Anglo-French remain-, stressed stem of Middle French remanoir, from Latin remanēre, equivalent to re- re- + manēre “to stay”; see manor

synonym study For remain

1. See continue.

Other words for remain

Opposites for remain

Other words from remain

  • un·re·main·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use remain in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for remain


/ (rɪˈmeɪn) /

verb(mainly intr)
  1. to stay behind or in the same place: to remain at home; only Tom remained

  2. (copula) to continue to be: to remain cheerful

  1. to be left, as after use, consumption, the passage of time, etc: a little wine still remained in the bottle

  2. to be left to be done, said, etc: it remains to be pointed out

Origin of remain

C14: from Old French remanoir, from Latin remanēre to be left, from re- + manēre to stay

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