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verb     remain pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participleremaining
past tenseremained
past participleremained
  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 surgery.

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

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

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

    Only a handful of these rare fish remain in Scotland.

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

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