Meaning of “remain” in the English Dictionary

"remain" in British English

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remainverb

uk /rɪˈmeɪn/ us /rɪˈmeɪn/

B1 [ I or L ] formal to stay in the same place or in the same condition:

The doctor ordered him to remain in bed for a few days.
Most commentators expect the basic rate of tax to remain at 25 percent.
[ + to infinitive ] A great many things remain to be done (= have not yet been done).
He remained silent.
It remains a secret.
The bank will remain open while renovations are carried out.

B2 [ I ] to continue to exist when other parts or other things no longer exist:

After the flood, nothing remained of the village.
Only a few hundred of these animals remain today.

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  • The judge directed the defendant to remain silent.
  • For reasons of personal safety, the informant wishes to remain anonymous.
  • We have to invest in new technology if we are to remain competitive.
  • The area has remained virtually unchanged in 50 years.
  • The truth about the accident remains hidden beneath a shroud of secrecy.

(Definition of “remain” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"remain" in American English

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remainverb

us /rɪˈmeɪn/

to stay in the same place or in the same condition:

[ I ] The doctor said he should remain in bed for a few days.
[ L ] She remained silent.

If something remains, it continues to exist when other parts or things no longer do:

[ I ] Only the foundation of the ancient temple remains.
remaining
adjective [ not gradable ] us /rɪˈmeɪ·nɪŋ/

Use half the dough and keep the remaining half covered.

(Definition of “remain” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)