permanent

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

Definition of permanent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: continuing or enduring without fundamental or marked change : stable

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

The position Axelrod espouses here typically goes like this: Trump relishes incivility, and by stooping to his level, good and decent people will further deepen the chasm that threatens to divide this country on a permanent basis. Jay Willis, GQ, "Public Shaming Is Powerful," 25 June 2018 Piper and his co-curators looked to NOMA’s vast collection for inspiration, tapping into its permanent collection as well as bringing in new pieces that will make their debut. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian, "Seven Artists Explore New Orleans’ Forgotten Histories," 12 July 2018 And there is still the IMA's revolving art exhibits and its permanent collection to peruse, including the 1629 self-portrait by Rembrandt. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Public toilet near City Hall also possible But the ultimate gauge of the program's success will be permanent supportive housing. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "This man cost Sacramento County more in one year than any other homeless person," 8 July 2018 Like Home sought to use the funding for permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people with mental illness. Melody Gutierrez, SFChronicle.com, "Gas taxes, cage-free chickens and a chopped-up California top fall ballot," 3 July 2018 CBS News' David Begnaud reports that the attorneys for the Puerto Ricans affected by the hurricane are asking for another six months to stay in the hotels and to allow the victims to work on finding more permanent housing. CBS News, "Judge to decide on order blocking Puerto Rican evictions," 2 July 2018 After that, children are placed in permanent housing and go through the judicial system. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "Here’s a national map of the shelters housing immigrant children," 29 June 2018 Some museums may offer complimentary admission to their permanent collections only and charge admission to special exhibitions, attractions, films, showings and events. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Museums offers family-friendly activities this summer," 27 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 above

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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