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remain Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb stay the same; remain in a certain state
    rest; stay.
    • 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. verb stay behind
    stay; persist.
    • The smell stayed in the room
    • The hostility remained long after they made up

Re*main" intransitive verb
OF. remaindre, remanoir, L. remanere; pref. re- re- + manere to stay, remain. See Mansion, and cf. Remainder, Remnant.
imperfect & past participle Remained present participle & verbal noun Remaining
  1. 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.
  2. 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
  1. To await; to be left to. Archaic
    The easier conquest now remains thee. Milton.

Webster 1913