• 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.
  • To continue unchanged in place, form, or condition, or undiminished in quantity; to abide; to stay; to endure; to last.
  • To await; to be left to.
  • To continue in a state of being.


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  • From Middle English remainen, from Old French, stressed stem of remanoir, from Latin remaneō, maneō, from Proto-Indo-European *men- ("to stay").
  • Displaced native Middle English beliven, bliven (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.

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