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remains (plural only)

  1. What is left after a person (or any organism) dies; a corpse.
    They buried the remains of their longtime friend in the town cemetery.
    The victim's remains were one small piece of bone.
  2. Historical or archaeological relics.
  3. ​The extant writings of a deceased person.
    To his great intellectual powers his published remains bear abundant witness.
  4. All that is left of the stock of some things; remnants.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      Everything a living animal could do to destroy and to desecrate bed and walls had been done. […]  A canister of flour from the kitchen had been thrown at the looking-glass and lay like trampled snow over the remains of a decent blue suit with the lining ripped out which lay on top of the ruin of a plastic wardrobe.
    He couldn't bring himself to eat the remains of the chicken dinner.
  5. (rare)  plural of remain.




  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of remain
    We'll go ahead, while she remains here.