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Remain appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • So remain a mere man. I am Eros.
  • Now still a maniac I remain, I mar a mini-America in a mall it’s won.
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The word remain is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun remain

What does remain mean as a name of something?


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

Definition of the verb remain

What does remain mean as a doing word?

Remain is one of the top 100 most common verbs. It is used mostly in writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: remained | remaining | remains

  1. stay the same; remain in a certain state
  2. continue in a place, position, or situation
    • example: despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of remain: continue / stay / stay on
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific terms:
  3. be left; of persons, questions, problems, results, evidence, etc.
    • examples: 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
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  4. stay behind
    • example: The hostility remained long after they made up
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of remain: persist / stay
    • more specific words:
      • stick = endure
      • linger = remain present although waning or gradually dying

Alternative definition of the verb remain


  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. [context: copulative] To continue in a state of being.


  1. "Remain" is a musical album of The Great Divide.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  2. "Remain" is a musical album of Stephan Mathieu.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  3. "Remain" is a musical album of Ismistik.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  4. "Remain" is a musical single of Kubb.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  5. "Remain" is a composition.
  6. "Remain" is a musical album of Tyrone Wells.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  7. "Remain" is a musical album of The Blood of Heroes.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  8. "Remain" is a composition.
  9. "Remain" is a composition.

Phrases with Remain

  1. remain down
  2. remain firm
  3. Remain to Be Seen

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Remain

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Google previewThe Gulf Military Balance (2014)

The Conventional and Asymmetric Dimensions by Anthony H. Cordesman, Bryan Gold

In practice, US national security planners accept the fact that the Gulf is and will remain is the location of a strategically vital share of the world's petroleum resources. Where the decline in US import dependence could have a major strategic ...

Google previewDeath in a Serene City (2015)

by Edward Sklepowich

MURDER IN CANNAREGIO Theft of the Remains of Santa Teodora “All that might remain is a big sack filled with dust.” This is the fear of the police who have initiated a search for the person or persons who committed a murder before stealing ...

Google previewThe Facts of Causation (2002)

by D.H. Mellor

The reason some doubt must remain is that it remains to be seen how causation between particulars is related to the causation between facts which is reported by corresponding instances of 'E because C';. How is the fact that Don's fall causes ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

Remain'der, adj. icn. s. j To be left out of a larger quantity or number ; continue ; not to be comprised : to await ; be left to : as a noun - substantive, relic ; memento ; the body as left by the soul (generally used in the plural) : remainder, refuse left ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Concise Writing (2002)

10,000 Alternatives to Wordy Phrases by Robert Hartwell Fiske

continue; endure; exist; last; persevere; persist; prevail; remain; survive. The possibility of becoming an independent company continues to exist.

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica, Or, A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Miscellaneous Literature (1823)

there will remain one day. If there had been no remainder, it is plain the year would constantly begin on the same day of the ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Malaysia (2009)

by Ooi Keat Gin

Although works in the English language remain dominant, the corpus of literature in Bahasa Malaysia, the national language, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Polynesia (2011)

by Robert D. Craig

Alas, the differences are still far greater than the similarities, and thus the links remain weak. They were “discovered” and colonized by different Western states, and thus they have different political and institutional structures. Some are not yet ...

Google previewChambers Junior School Dictionary

remain verb: remains, remained, ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Linguistics (2003)

Kuthant: 3 speakers remain on southwestern Cape York Peninsula, north of Karumba and Normanton. Kuuku-Ya'u: also called Ya'o, Koko-Ja'o, Kokoyao, Bagadji, Pakadji. 100 speakers remain on northeastern Cape York Peninsula south of ...

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Usage statistics about remain

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb remain:

spoken English14.08%written English85.92% imaginative writing31.82%informational writing68.18%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb remain:


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he who wants the world to remain as it is doesn't want it to remain at all.

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Quotes about Remain

Saint Swithun's day, if thou be fair, for forty days it will remain; Saint Swithun's day, if thou bring rain, for forty days it will remain.
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Scrabble value of R1E1M3A1I1N1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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