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verb remain pronunciation in American English /rɪˈmeɪn/
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I/you/we/theyremain
he/she/itremains
present participleremaining
past tenseremained
past participleremained
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  1. 1
    [linking verb] to continue to be in a particular situation or condition

    The dictator has remained in power for over 20 years.

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    1. a.
      to continue to be something, even after a long period of time

      Japan’s low crime rate remains the envy of the industrialized world.

      Her answer remained “no” even after we begged her to reconsider.

      Population growth remains a serious issue in Bangladesh.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive] to stay in a particular place or position and not leave it
    remain at/in/with etc.:

    You must remain in bed for three days after the surgery.

    His family remained at home while he looked for work in another state.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to continue to exist, especially after other things are gone or dealt with

    My financial problems remained even after I had found a job.

    Only a handful of these rare fish remain in North America.

    Although the area has certainly improved, much remains to be accomplished.

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