- 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.
Only one piece remains.
- 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 of remainMiddle English remainen ; from Old French remaindre ; from Classical Latin remanere ; from re-, back, behind + manere, to stay: see manor
intransitive verbre·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 remained after the storm. See Synonyms at stay1.
- To be left as still to be dealt with: A cure remains to be found.
- To endure or persist: Despite the passing of so many years, the fond memories remain.
Origin of remainMiddle English remainen, from Old French remanoir, remainer, from Latin remanēre : re-, re- + manēre, to remain; see men-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present remains, present participle remaining, simple past and past participle remained)
- To stay behind while others withdraw; to be left after others have been removed or destroyed; to be left after a number or quantity has been subtracted or cut off; to be left as not included or comprised.
- To continue unchanged in place, form, or condition, or undiminished in quantity; to abide; to stay; to endure; to last.
- There was no food in the house, so I had to remain hungry.
- To await; to be left to.
- (copulative) To continue in a state of being.
- The light remained red for two full minutes.
Replaced native Middle English beliven, bliven (â€œto remainâ€) (from Old English belÄ«fan (â€œto remain, stayâ€)) due to confluence with related Middle English beleven (â€œto leave behindâ€), with which it merged. More at beleave.