- 1Continue to exist, especially after other similar people or things have ceased to do so: a cloister is all that remains of the monasteryMore example sentences
continue to exist, endure, last, abide, go on, carry on, persist, hang in the air, stay around/round, stand, be extant, hold out, prevail, survive, live onresidual, surviving, left, left over, unused; extra, surplus, spare, superfluous, excess, in excess, in additionsurviving, lasting, enduring, continuing, persisting, lingering, abiding, long-lived, (still) existing, extant, in existence, living, lifelong, long-term, perennial
- 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.
- 1.1Stay in the place that one has been occupying: her husband remained at the flat in Regent’s ParkMore 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.
- 1.2 [with complement] Continue to possess a particular quality or fulfil a particular role: he had remained alert the whole time
- 2Be left over or outstanding after others or other parts have been completed, used, or dealt with: a more intractable problem remainsMore 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.
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 badlyMore 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.
late Middle English: from Old French remain-, stressed stem of remanoir, from Latin remanere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + manere 'to stay'.