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1 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" [syn: stay, rest] [ant: change]
2 continue in a place, position, or situation; "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" [syn: stay, stay on, continue]
3 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 stay behind; "The smell stayed in the room"; "The hostility remained long after they made up" [syn: persist, stay]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ɹɪˈmeɪn/
  • Rhymes: -eɪn
  • Hyphenation: re·main


From remain, stem of remanoir, from remanere.


  1. State of remaining; stay.
  2. That which is left; relic; remainder; -- chiefly in the plural.
  3. 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.


State of remaining; stay
  • Kurdish:
That which is left; relic; remainder; -- chiefly in the plural
The posthumous works or productions, especially literary works of one who is dead


  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.


to stay behind while others withdraw
to continue unchanged
To await; to be left to
  • Kurdish:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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