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verb remain pronunciation in British English /rɪˈmeɪn/
Word Forms
present tense
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.
    The economy remains fragile.
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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. b.
      to have a particular attitude, opinion, or belief and not change it
      Andrew remained firm in his belief that the policy was wrong.
      We remain confident that our company offers the lowest prices available.
  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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