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Definition of remain verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    remain

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    verb
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmeɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmeɪn//
     
    (rather formal) (not usually used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they remain
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmeɪn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmeɪn//
     
    he / she / it remains
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmeɪnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmeɪnz//
     
    past simple remained
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmeɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmeɪnd//
     
    past participle remained
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmeɪnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmeɪnd//
     
    -ing form remaining
    BrE BrE//rɪˈmeɪnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈmeɪnɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  linking verb to continue to be something; to be still in the same state or condition + adj. to remain silent/standing/seated/motionless Train fares are likely to remain unchanged. It remains true that sport is about competing well, not winning. Despite threats of strike action, the management remain hopeful that an agreement can be reached. + noun In spite of their quarrel, they remain the best of friends. He will remain (as) manager of the club until the end of his contract.
  2. 2  [intransitive] to still be present after the other parts have been removed, used, etc.; to continue to exist Very little of the house remained after the fire. Only about half of the original workforce remains. There were only ten minutes remaining.
  3. 3  [intransitive] remain (to do something) to still need to be done, said, or dealt with Much remains to be done. It remains to be seen (= it will only be known later) whether you are right. There remained one significant problem. Questions remain about the president's honesty. I feel sorry for her, but the fact remains (that) she lied to us. Language BankneverthelessConceding a point and making a counter-argument While the film is undoubtedly too long, it is nevertheless an intriguing piece of cinema. It can be argued that the movie is too long. It is nonetheless an intriguing piece of cinema. The film is undoubtedly too long. Still, it is an intriguing piece of cinema. Of course, huge chunks of the book have been sacrificed in order to make a two-hour movie, but it is nevertheless a successful piece of storytelling. Critics are wrong to argue that the film’s plot is too complicated. Certainly there are a couple of major twists, but audiences will have no difficulty following them. It is true that you cannot make a good movie without a good script, but it is equally true that a talented director can make a good script into an excellent film. It remains to be seen whether these two movies herald a new era of westerns, but there is no doubt that they represent welcome additions to the genre.
  4. 4  [intransitive] + adv./prep. to stay in the same place; to not leave They remained in Mexico until June. The plane remained on the ground. She left, but I remained behind.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French remain-, stressed stem of remanoir, from Latin remanere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + manere ‘to stay’.Extra examples It remains the case that not enough graduates are going into teaching. It remains to be seen whether you are right. It remains true that sport is about competing well, not winning. Questions remain about the president’s honesty. Security at the airport remains tight. The level of unemployment remains fairly constant at around 10%. The library will remain closed until next week. The pilot urged the passengers to remain calm. The puzzle remains of what happened to the ship. There is every prospect of the weather remaining dry this week. There remained one significant problem.Idioms
    keep/hold (yourself) aloof, remain/stand aloof
     
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    to not become involved in something; to show no interest in people The Emperor kept himself aloof from the people. See related entries: Boredom
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