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permanent

adjective per·ma·nent \ ˈpər-mə-nənt , ˈpərm-nənt \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of permanent

: continuing or enduring without fundamental or marked change : stable

permanently

adverb

permanentness

noun

Examples of permanent in a Sentence

  1. She made a permanent home in this country.

  2. Prolonged exposure to the sun can cause permanent skin damage.

  3. The museum's permanent collection includes works of art from the 18th century.

  4. The transcripts will serve as a permanent record of the proceedings.

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Origin and Etymology of permanent

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

Synonym Discussion of permanent

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

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permanent

noun

Definition of permanent

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

First Known Use of permanent

1925


PERMANENT Defined for English Language Learners

permanent

adjective

Definition of permanent for English Language Learners

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


PERMANENT Defined for Kids

permanent

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

Definition of permanent for Students

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

permanently

adverb

Medical Dictionary

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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