intr.v. re·mained, re·main·ing, re·mains
1. To continue in the same state or condition: These matters remain in doubt.
2. To continue to be in the same place; stay or stay behind: We are remaining at home.
3. To be left after the removal, loss, passage, or destruction of others: Only a few trees remained after the storm. See Synonyms at stay1.
4. To be left as still to be dealt with: A cure remains to be found.
5. To endure or persist: Despite the passing of so many years, the fond memories remain.
[Middle English remainen, from Old French remanoir, remainer, from Latin remanēre : re-, re- + manēre, to remain; see men-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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