Remain meaning

rĭ-mān
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 after the removal, loss, passage, or destruction of others.

Only a few trees remained after the storm.

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To continue in the same state or condition.

These matters remain in doubt.

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To continue to be in the same place; stay or stay behind.

We are remaining at home.

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To be left as still to be dealt with.

A cure remains to be found.

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To endure or persist.

Despite the passing of so many years, the fond memories remain.

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To be left or left over when the rest has been taken away, destroyed, or disposed of in some way.
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To continue; go on being.

To remain a cynic.

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To continue to exist; endure; persist; last.

A remaining memory.

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To be left to be dealt with, done, said, etc.
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State of remaining; stay.
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That which is left; relic; remainder; -- chiefly in the plural.
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(plural only) Remains: That which is left of a human being after the life is gone; relics; a dead body.
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The posthumous works or productions, especially literary works of one who is dead.
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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.
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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.

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To await; to be left to.
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(copulative) To continue in a state of being.

The light remained red for two full minutes.

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Origin of remain

  • Middle English remainen from Old French remanoir, remainer from Latin remanēre re- re- manēre to remain men-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Replaced native Middle English beliven, bliven (“to remain") (from Old English belÄ«fan (“to remain, stay")) due to confluence with related Middle English beleven (“to leave behind"), with which it merged. More at beleave.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English remainen, from Old French remain-, stressed stem of remanoir, from Latin remaneō, maneō, from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to stay").

    From Wiktionary