- 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 (“to remain”) (from Old English belīfan (“to remain, stay”)) due to confluence with related Middle English beleven (“to leave behind”), with which it merged. More at beleave.