Meaning of “remains” in the English Dictionary

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"remains" in British English

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remainsnoun [ plural ]

uk /rɪˈmeɪnz/ us /rɪˈmeɪnz/

B2 pieces or parts of something that continue to exist when most of it has been used, destroyed, or taken away:

The remains of lunch were still on the table.
We visited the remains of a 12th century monastery.
human/sb's remains formal

someone's dead body or the remaining parts of it:

50 years after he died, his remains were returned to his homeland.
Human remains were found in the woods.

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

"remains" in American English

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remainsplural noun

us /rɪˈmeɪnz/

the things or parts of something that continue to exist when other parts or things no longer do:

Rescue workers searched the remains of the house.

A person’s remains are that person’s dead body.

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