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Meaning of remain by Wiktionary Dictionary

remain


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ɹɪˈmeɪn/
    • Rhymes: -eɪn
    • Hyphenation: re‧main

    Etymology

    Middle English remainen, from Old French remain, stressed stem of remanoir, from Middle English remanere, maneo, from Proto-Indo-European *men- ( “to stay” ) .

    Replaced native Middle English beliven, bliven ( “to remain” ) ( from Old English belīfan ( “to remain, stay” ) ) due to confluence with related Middle English beleven ( “to leave behind” ), with which it merged. More at beleave

    Noun

    remain ( plural: remains )

    1. State of remaining; stay .
    2. That which is left; relic; remainder; -- chiefly in the plural .
    3. ( plural: only; not used in singular form ) remains: That which is left of a human being after the life is gone; relics; a dead body .
    4. The posthumous works or productions, especially literary works of one who is dead .

    Verb

    remain ( third-person singular simple present remains present participle remaining, simple past and past participle remained )

    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 .
    2. To continue unchanged in place, form, or condition, or undiminished in quantity; to abide; to stay; to endure; to last .
    3. To await; to be left to .
    4. ( copulative ) To continue in a state of being .
      The light remained red for two full minutes .

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    • airmen, Mainer, marine, Marine


Explanation of remain by Wordnet Dictionary

remain


    Verb
    1. stay the same

    2. The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it
      He remained unmoved by her tears
    3. be left

    4. 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
    5. continue in a place, position, or situation

    6. despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year
    7. stay behind

    8. The hostility remained long after they made up


    Definition of remain by GCIDE Dictionary

    remain


    1. Remain ( r?-m?n ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Remained ( -m?nd ); p. pr. & vb. n. Remaining.] [OF. remaindre, remanoir, L. remanere; pref. re- re- + manere to stay, remain. See Mansion, and cf. Remainder, Remnant.]

      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.

    2. Remain, v. t. To await; to be left to. [Archaic]

      The easier conquest now remains thee. Milton.

    3. Remain n.
      1. State of remaining; stay. [Obs.]

      Which often, since my here remain in England,

      I 've seen him do. Shak.

      2. That which is left; relic; remainder; -- chiefly in the plural. “The remains of old Rome.” Addison.

      When this remain of horror has entirely subsided. Burke.

      3. Specif., in the plural: That which is left of a human being after the life is gone; relics; a dead body.

      Old warriors whose adored remains

      In weeping vaults her hallowed earth contains! Pope.

      The posthumous works or productions, esp. literary works, of one who is dead; as, Cecil's Remains.