remain Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb stay the same; remain in a certain state
- The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it
- rest assured
- stay alone
- He remained unmoved by her tears
- The bad weather continued for another week
verb continue in a place, position, or situation
continue; stay on; stay.
- After graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser
- Stay with me, please
- despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year
- She continued as deputy mayor for another year
verb be left; of persons, questions, problems, results, evidence, etc.
- There remains the question of who pulled the trigger
- Carter remains the only President in recent history under whose Presidency the U.S. did not fight a war
verb stay behind
- The smell stayed in the room
- The hostility remained long after they made up
Re*main" intransitive verb
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.
Gather up the fragments that remain. John vi. 12.
Of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 1 Cor. xv. 6.
That . . . remains to be proved. Locke.
To continue unchanged in place, form, or condition, or undiminished in quantity; to abide; to stay; to endure; to last.
Remain a widow at thy father's house. Gen. xxxviii. 11.
Childless thou art; childless remain. Milton.
Syn. -- To continue; stay; wait; tarry; rest; sojourn; dwell; abide; last; endure.
Re*main" transitive verb
To await; to be left to.Archaic
The easier conquest now remains thee. Milton.
Sharpen your Skills with the Masters
McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage, 2nd Edition The Only Grammar Book You'll Ever Need: A One-Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income