Displaced native Middle English beliven, bliven (“to remain”) (from Old English belīfan (“to remain, stay”)) due to confluence with related Middle English beleven (“to leave behind”), with which it merged. More at beleave and belive.
remain (plural remains)
- State of remaining; stay.
- That which is left; relic; remainder; -- chiefly in the plural.
- (plural only) remains: That which is left of a human being after the life is gone; relics; a dead body.
- The posthumous works or productions, especially literary works of one who is dead.
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- 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.
- (Can we date this quote by John Locke?)
- That […] remains to be proved.
- To continue unchanged in place, form, or condition, or undiminished in quantity; to abide; to stay; to endure; to last.
- There was no food in the house, so I had to remain hungry.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
- We made an odd party before the arrival of the Ten, particularly when the Celebrity dropped in for lunch or dinner. He could not be induced to remain permanently at Mohair because Miss Trevor was at Asquith, but he appropriated a Hempstead cart from the Mohair stables and made the trip sometimes twice in a day.
- 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:
- Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic […]. Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. […] But the scandals kept coming, […]. A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul. Instead it offers fixes and patches.
- To await; to be left to.
- (copulative) To continue in a state of being.
- The light remained red for two full minutes.
- (to stay behind while others withdraw): linger, stay, tarry; See also Thesaurus:stay behind
- (to be left over after a portion is removed): rest, stay; See also Thesaurus:remain
- (to continue unchanged): endure, last, stay; See also Thesaurus:persist
- (to await; to be left to): await, bide, wait; See also Thesaurus:wait for
- (to continue in a state of being): stay