Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To continue in the same state or condition.
  • intransitive verb To continue to be in the same place; stay or stay behind.
  • intransitive verb To be left after the removal, loss, passage, or destruction of others: synonym: stay.
  • intransitive verb To be left as still to be dealt with.
  • intransitive verb To endure or persist.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To continue in a place; stay; abide; dwell.
  • To continue without change as to some form, state, or quality specified: as, to remain active in business; to remain a widow.
  • To endure; continue; last.
  • To stay behind after others have gone; be left after a part, quantity, or number has been taken away or destroyed.
  • To be left as not included or comprised; be held in reserve; be still to be dealt with: formerly followed in some instances by a dative.
  • Synonyms To wait, tarry, rest, sojourn.
  • To keep.
  • noun The state of remaining; stay; abode.
  • noun That which is left to be done.
  • noun That which is left; remainder; relic: used chiefly in the plural.
  • noun Specifically plural That which is left of a human being after life is gone; a dead body; a corpse.
  • noun plural The productions, especially the literary works, of one who is dead; posthumous works: as, “Coleridge's Literary Remains.
  • noun Synonyms Scraps, fragments.
  • noun 3–5, See relic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete State of remaining; stay.
  • noun That which is left; relic; remainder; -- chiefly in the plural.
  • noun That which is left of a human being after the life is gone; relics; a dead body.
  • noun The posthumous works or productions, esp. literary works, of one who is dead; as, Cecil's.
  • intransitive verb 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.
  • intransitive verb To continue unchanged in place, form, or condition, or undiminished in quantity; to abide; to stay; to endure; to last.
  • transitive verb Archaic To await; to be left to.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun State of remaining; stay.
  • noun That which is left; relic; remainder; -- chiefly in the plural.
  • noun remains: That which is left of a human being after the life is gone; relics; a dead body.
  • noun The posthumous works or productions, especially literary works of one who is dead.
  • verb 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.
  • verb To continue unchanged in place, form, or condition, or undiminished in quantity; to abide; to stay; to endure; to last.
  • verb To await; to be left to.
  • verb copulative To continue in a state of being.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be left; of persons, questions, problems, results, evidence, etc.
  • verb continue in a place, position, or situation
  • verb stay the same; remain in a certain state
  • verb stay behind

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English remainen, from Old French remanoir, remainer, from Latin remanēre : re-, re- + manēre, to remain; see men- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English remainen, from Old French remain-, stressed stem of remanoir, from Latin remaneō, maneō, from Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to stay”).

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