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English verb: remain

1. remain (change) stay the same; remain in a certain state

SamplesThe dress remained wet after repeated attempts to dry it.
Rest assured.
Stay alone.
He remained unmoved by her tears.
The bad weather continued for another week.

ExamplesJohn will remain angry

Synonymsrest, stay

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Something ----s Adjective/Noun.
Somebody ----s Adjective

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)be, keep, keep out, sit tight, stand, stay fresh, stay together, stick together


2. remain (stative) continue in a place, position, or situation

SamplesAfter graduation, she stayed on in Cambridge as a student adviser.
Stay with me, please.
Despite student protests, he remained Dean for another year.
She continued as deputy mayor for another year.

Synonymscontinue, stay, stay on

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Narrower (hyponym)abide, bide, hold over, stay

3. remain (stative) be left; of persons, questions, problems, results, evidence, etc.

SamplesThere remains the question of who pulled the trigger.
Carter remains the only President in recent history under whose Presidency the U.S. did not fight a war.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)be

4. remain (stative) stay behind

SamplesThe smell stayed in the room.
The hostility remained long after they made up.

Synonymspersist, stay

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Narrower (hyponym)linger, stick

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