re·main / riˈmān/ • v. [intr.] continue to exist, esp. after other similar or related people or things have ceased to exist: a cloister is all that remains of the monastery. ∎ stay in the place that one has been occupying: her husband remained at the beach condo. ∎ continue to possess a particular quality or fulfill a particular role: he had remained alert the whole time. ∎ be left over after others or other parts have been completed, used, or dealt with: [as adj.] (remaining) he would see out the remaining two years of his contract. PHRASES: remain to be seen used to express the notion that something is not yet known or certain: she has broken her leg, but it remains to be seen how badly.