- To remain is to be left over, to continue to exist or to stay behind after others have gone.
- When all of the candy has been eaten except for one piece, this is an example of a time when one piece remains.
- When a single room is left after a fire burns down the rest of the building, this is an example of a time when one room remains.
- When everyone goes on vacation but you, this is an example of a time when you remain behind.
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- to be left or left over when the rest has been taken away, destroyed, or disposed of in some way
- to stay while others go
- to stay in the same place: remain in the house
- to continue; go on being: to remain a cynic
- to continue to exist; endure; persist; last: a remaining memory
- to be left to be dealt with, done, said, etc.
Origin: Middle English remainen from Old French remaindre from Classical Latin remanere from re-, back, behind plush manere, to stay: see manor
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intransitive verb re·mained, re·main·ing, re·mains
- To continue in the same state or condition: These matters remain in doubt.
- To continue to be in the same place; stay or stay behind: We are remaining at home.
- To be left after the removal, loss, passage, or destruction of others: Only a few trees remain. See Synonyms at stay1.
- To be left as still to be dealt with: A cure remains to be found.
- To endure or persist.
Origin: Middle English remainen, from Old French remanoir, remainer, from Latin remanēre : re-, re- + manēre, to remain; see men-3 in Indo-European roots.