Definition of remain in English:


Line breaks: re¦main
Pronunciation: /rɪˈmeɪn


[no object]
  • 2Be left over or outstanding after others or other parts have been completed, used, or dealt with: a more intractable problem remains
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    • In the end, with absolutely no time remaining, a deal was cut.
    • If the Court pleases, there are nine matters remaining for me to deal with.
    • Twelve minutes remained to be played, and four more were added.
    be left, be left over, be still available, be unused; have not yet passed, have not yet expiredunsettled, outstanding, unresolved, unfinished, incomplete, to be done, undone, not done, unattended to; unpaid


remain to be seen

Used to express the notion that something is not yet known: she has broken her leg, but it remains to be seen how badly
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  • So that's certainly going to unfold in the next couple of days and remains to be seen.
  • Whether it can face the fact of defeat or loss of office remains to be seen.
  • Waterloo will begin playoff action on the road, but it remains to be seen where they will travel to.


late Middle English: from Old French remain-, stressed stem of remanoir, from Latin remanere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + manere 'to stay'.

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