[ ri-meyn ]
/ rɪˈmeɪn /

verb (used without object)


Usually remains. something that remains or is left.
  1. miscellaneous, fragmentary, or other writings still unpublished at the time of an author's death.
  2. traces of some quality, condition, etc.
  3. a dead body; corpse.
  4. parts or substances remaining from animal or plant life that occur in the earth's crust or strata: fossil remains; organic remains.

Origin of remain

1375–1425; late Middle English remainen < Anglo-French remain-, stressed stem of Middle French remanoir < Latin remanēre, equivalent to re- re- + manēre to stay; see manor

synonym study for remain

1. See continue.


un·re·main·ing, adjective

Example sentences from the Web for remains

British Dictionary definitions for remains (1 of 2)

/ (rɪˈmeɪnz) /

pl n

any pieces, scraps, fragments, etc, that are left unused or still extant, as after use, consumption, the passage of time, etc the remains of a meal; archaeological remains
the body of a dead person; corpse
Also called: literary remains the unpublished writings of an author at the time of his or her death

British Dictionary definitions for remains (2 of 2)

/ (rɪˈmeɪn) /

verb (mainly intr)

to stay behind or in the same place to remain at home; only Tom remained
(copula) to continue to be to remain cheerful
to be left, as after use, consumption, the passage of time, etc a little wine still remained in the bottle
to be left to be done, said, etc it remains to be pointed out
See also remains

Word Origin for remain

C14: from Old French remanoir, from Latin remanēre to be left, from re- + manēre to stay