December 05, 2016
Learner's Word of the Day
remain /rɪˈmeɪn/ verb

remains; remained; remaining

Only one slice of pizza remains.
Only one slice of pizza remains.
Learner's definition of REMAIN

1 [no object] : to be left when the other parts are gone or have been used

  • Little remained after the fire.

  • Only two minutes still remain in the game.

  • The memory of that day will remain [=stay] with me for the rest of my life.

2 not used in progressive tenses [no object] : to be something that still needs to be done, dealt with, etc.

  • The question/mystery remains: who fired the shot?

— often followed by to + verb

  • Much work remains to be done. [=there is much work still to be done]

  • It remains to be seen [=it is uncertain] whether or not she was lying.

3 always followed by an adverb or preposition [no object] somewhat formal : to stay in the same place or with the same person or group : to stay after others have gone

  • She remained in Boston after she finished college.

  • The soldiers were ordered to remain at their posts.

  • I remained behind after the class had ended.

  • He remained with the team.

4 not used in progressive tenses [linking verb] : to continue in a specified state, condition, or position

  • She remained [=kept, stayed] calm.

  • Please remain standing/seated.

: to continue to be something specified

  • It remains true that the best wines are not always the most expensive.

  • The weather remained cold.

  • The victim's identity remains a mystery.

  • They have remained friends. [=they are still friends]

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