remain Definition

  • 1to continue to exist or be left after other parts have been used, removed, or destroyed
  • 2to stay in the same place or condition; not move or change

Using remain: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "remain" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Only a few trees remain from the original forest.

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    I'll remain here until you return.

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    Despite the difficulties, she remained optimistic.

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    The question remains unanswered.

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    He remained silent throughout the meeting.

remain Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for remain

Phrases with remain

  • remain to be seen

    used to say that something is uncertain and it is not yet clear what will happen


    Whether the project will be successful remains to be seen.

  • to remain uninformed or unaware of something


    The public was left in the dark about the details of the negotiations.

  • to stay committed to one's own beliefs, values, and principles


    Despite the pressure to conform, she remained true to herself and her ideals.

Origins of remain

from Old French 'remaindre', from Latin 'manere', meaning 'to stay'


Summary: remain in Brief

The verb 'remain' [rɪˈmeɪn] means to continue to exist or stay in the same place or condition. It can refer to physical objects, as in 'Only a few trees remain from the original forest,' or to people, as in 'I'll remain here until you return.' The phrase 'remain to be seen' expresses uncertainty, while 'remain in the dark' means to be uninformed. 'Remain true to oneself' means to stay committed to one's own beliefs and values.

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