remain

[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.
  3. to be left after the removal, loss, destruction, etc., of all else: The front wall is all that remains of the fort.
  4. to be left to be done, told, shown, etc.: Only the dishwashing remains.
  5. to be reserved or in store.
noun
  1. Usually remains. something that remains or is left.
  2. 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 miscellaneous, fragmentary, or other writings still unpublished at the time of an author's death.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

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

Synonym study

1. See continue.

Antonyms for remain

2. depart.
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Related Words for remains

remnant, debris, residue, leavings, detritus, rest, remainder, remnants

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British Dictionary definitions for remains

remains

pl n
  1. any pieces, scraps, fragments, etc, that are left unused or still extant, as after use, consumption, the passage of time, etcthe remains of a meal; archaeological remains
  2. the body of a dead person; corpse
  3. Also called: literary remains the unpublished writings of an author at the time of his or her death

remain

verb (mainly intr)
  1. to stay behind or in the same placeto remain at home; only Tom remained
  2. (copula) to continue to beto remain cheerful
  3. to be left, as after use, consumption, the passage of time, etca little wine still remained in the bottle
  4. 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 remains

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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