permanent

adjective
per·​ma·​nent | \ ˈpər-mə-nənt How to pronounce permanent (audio) , 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

If Congress doesn’t act to grant them permanent status, the world will witness more inhumanity playing out on U.S. soil. Fabiola Santiago, miamiherald, "Another separation crisis looms – this time for some 273,000 American children," 12 July 2018 Jimmy Don Holmes now has a permanent home in Waco, Texas for his business, JDH Iron Designs. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Jimmy Don Holmes Is Getting His Own Store Across from Chip and Joanna's Magnolia Market," 29 Jan. 2019 According to MailOnline, Meghan and Harry are packing up their belongings and moving into their permanent home: an apartment in Kensington Palace. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Moving Into Kensington Palace," 6 Oct. 2018 Designing for a permanent home versus a short-term stay requires different styling techniques. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Three San Diego Bungalows Are Transformed Into Vibrant, History-Filled Getaways," 3 Oct. 2018 The account that originally tweeted the story, @lisabootylisa, has been deleted (surprise, surprise), but the internet never forgets and the tweet of lies found a permanent home on Instagram in screenshots. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner Called Out a Fan Who Made Up a Story About Travis Scott on Instagram," 19 Aug. 2018 Mushet hopes that the Opera House will be the festival’s permanent home after several years of venue-hopping and resulting financial stress. Claudia Bauer, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s Ethnic Dance Fest celebrates 40 years," 12 July 2018 Also on view are works from the L.A. County Museum of Art’s permanent collection: the Mexico photographs of Mariana Yampolsky and objects from the museum’s holdings of ancient Egyptian art. Carolina A. Miranda, latimes.com, "Datebook: Shots of old Route 66, dreamlike paintings and garments fashioned from paper," 12 July 2018 Following an invitation-only competition, the Andy Warhol Foundation selected the museum as the permanent home of Warhol’s contact sheets and negatives. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Thousands of Unseen Photos Featuring Andy Warhol and Celebrity Pals to Be Digitized," 11 July 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 How to pronounce permanent (audio) \

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 How to pronounce permanent (audio) \

Medical Definition of permanent

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

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