remain

To remain is to stay in the same place or situation. You can remain at home instead of going out to the movies with your friends, but that doesn't mean you won't remain friends.

If things remain the same, they don't change, and if your family remains in the same town, they don't move. When something is left behind, it also remains: "All that remains of my party is a bunch of deflated balloons." In the fifteenth century, remain was a noun too, meaning "people or things left over or surviving." Today we use remainder instead.

Definitions of remain
  1. verb
    continue in a place, position, or situation
    “despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year”
    synonyms: continue, stay, stay on
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    abide, bide, stay
    dwell
    hold over
    continue a term of office past the normal period of time
    visit
    stay with as a guest
    outstay, overstay
    stay too long
    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  2. verb
    stay the same; remain in a certain state
    “The dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it”
    “He remained unmoved by her tears”
    synonyms: rest, stay
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
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    keep out
    remain outside
    sit tight
    maintain the same position; wait it out
    stay together, stick together
    be loyal to one another, especially in times of trouble
    stand
    remain inactive or immobile
    keep, stay fresh
    fail to spoil or rot
    be
    to remain unmolested, undisturbed, or uninterrupted -- used only in infinitive form
    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  3. verb
    be left; of persons, questions, problems, results, evidence, etc.
    “There remains the question of who pulled the trigger”
    “Carter remains the only President in recent history under whose Presidency the U.S. did not fight a war”
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    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  4. verb
    stay behind
    “The hostility remained long after they made up”
    synonyms: persist, stay
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    stick
    endure
    linger
    remain present although waning or gradually dying
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