permanent

adjective
per·​ma·​nent | \ ˈpər-mə-nənt, ˈpərm-nənt\

Definition of permanent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : continuing or enduring without fundamental or marked change : stable the museum's permanent art collection an accident causing permanent injury
2a : not easily removed, washed away, or erased : indelible sense 1a permanent stains
b : making marks that cannot easily be removed : indelible sense 1b labeling boxes with permanent markers

permanent

noun

Definition of permanent (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long-lasting hair wave produced by mechanical and chemical means

called also permanent wave

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Other Words from permanent

Adjective

permanently adverb
permanentness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for permanent

Synonyms: Adjective

ceaseless, dateless, deathless, endless, eternal, everlasting, immortal, perpetual, undying, unending

Antonyms: Adjective

impermanent, mortal, temporary, transient

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Adjective

lasting, permanent, durable, stable mean enduring for so long as to seem fixed or established. lasting implies a capacity to continue indefinitely. a book that left a lasting impression on me permanent adds usually the implication of being designed or planned to stand or continue indefinitely. permanent living arrangements durable implies power to resist destructive agencies. durable fabrics stable implies lastingness because of resistance to being overturned or displaced. a stable government

Examples of permanent in a Sentence

Adjective

She made a permanent home in this country. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause permanent skin damage. The museum's permanent collection includes works of art from the 18th century. The transcripts will serve as a permanent record of the proceedings.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Manufactured homes are fully constructed in a remote home building facility on a steel frame and then transported to the final site where it is set on a permanent foundation. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "The Impressive Evolution Of Prefabricated Houses," 24 Dec. 2018 First, the permanent one: Humble is giving away copies of Lego: The Hobbit. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt," 14 Dec. 2018 Bonus: The company says workers hired for the holiday season could transition into a permanent position. Alexis Jones, Woman's Day, "UPS Is Hiring Over 100,000 Seasonal Workers for the Holidays," 25 Sep. 2018 What’s more, osmotic laxatives can cause your blood pressure to drop and even cause permanent kidney damage, Dr. Leavey adds. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Things You Need To Know About Using Laxatives For Weight Loss," 2 Jan. 2019 Twitter's ban was made permanent in a matter of weeks, again for violating the company's abusive-behavior policy. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Talk amongst yourselves: 2018’s most-commented stories on Ars," 24 Dec. 2018 Like many of the impacts of a warming planet, the serious economic reverberations and permanent damage caused by declining coastal property values are simply not being addressed in an urgent enough manner. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash," 16 Oct. 2018 South Sudan's warring parties on Wednesday agreed to a permanent cease-fire to take effect in 72 hours, as long-suffering citizens wondered whether this latest attempt at peace would fall apart as well. Sam Mednick, The Christian Science Monitor, "South Sudanese cease-fire brings hope, skepticism for conflict's end," 28 June 2018 Congress protected those Internet sellers in 1998 legislation that has since been made permanent. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "Supreme Court allows states to collect sales taxes on more online transactions," 21 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Turning loanee signings into permanents has been of top priority. SI.com, "How Jeff Shi and Fosun International Transformed Wolverhampton Wanderers Into a Premier League Side," 12 July 2018 The decision makes permanent an earlier injunction that had temporarily blocked the law. Washington Post, "Judge: Kansas cannot require proof of citizenship to vote," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of permanent

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for permanent

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French parmanant, from Latin permanent-, permanens, present participle of permanēre to endure, from per- throughout + manēre to remain — more at per-, mansion

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The first known use of permanent was in the 15th century

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permanent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of permanent

: lasting or continuing for a very long time or forever : not temporary or changing

permanent

adjective
per·​ma·​nent | \ ˈpər-mə-nənt \

Kids Definition of permanent

: lasting or meant to last for a long time : not temporary Some permanent changes will be made.

Other Words from permanent

permanently adverb

permanent

adjective
per·​ma·​nent | \ ˈpərm(-ə)-nənt \

Medical Definition of permanent

: of, relating to, or being a permanent tooth permanent dentition

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