Definition of remain in English:

remain

Syllabification: re·main
Pronunciation: /rəˈmān
 
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verb

[no object]
1Continue to exist, especially after other similar or related people or things have ceased to exist: a cloister is all that remains of the monastery
More example sentences
  • Though a silver bullet does not exist, hope remains for improved weed control.
  • However, uncertainty remains regarding the effectiveness of interventions to reduce lead hazards and blood lead levels.
  • But even so uncertainty remains as to possible changes in the state of targets between the time of missile launching and its flying.
Synonyms
continue to exist, endure, last, abide, carry on, persist, stay, stay around, prevail, survive, live onresidual, surviving, left over; extra, surplus, spare, superfluous, excesssurviving, lasting, enduring, continuing, persisting, abiding, (still) existing
1.1Stay in the place that one has been occupying: her husband remained at the beach condo
More example sentences
  • She met and married her husband, Lou, and remained there for the rest of her life.
  • I no longer wish to support my husband's application to remain in the UK and we are no longer together.
Synonyms
stay, stay behind, stay put, wait, wait around, be left, hang on
informal hang around
1.2 [with complement] Continue to possess a particular quality or fulfill a particular role: he had remained alert the whole time
More example sentences
  • But police say his movements from there remain unclear.
  • So your dreams will forever remain a mystery to me?
  • Mechanisms are likely complex, but as yet remain unclear.
Synonyms
continue to be, stay, keep, persist in being, carry on being
1.3Be left over after others or other parts have been completed, used, or dealt with: several years remain in the transition period
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
be left, be left over, be still available, be unused; have not yet passedunsettled, outstanding, unfinished, incomplete, to be done, unattended to

Origin

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

Phrases

remain to be seen

Used to express the notion that something is not yet known or certain: she has broken her leg, but it remains to be seen how badly
More example sentences
  • 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.

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