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

Oregon’s State Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is leading a group of her counterparts in 20 states in the fight to make that injunction permanent. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "If Title X Disappears, More Than 22 Million Women Will Live in Contraceptive Deserts," 9 May 2019 While hanging on to the diplomatic fig leaf of Pyongyang’s permanent, irreversible denuclearization, Mr. Trump appears to have come to terms with North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Michael Auslin, WSJ, "Trump’s Pyongyang Pivot," 26 Feb. 2019 What Is Eyebrow Tinting? Eyebrow tinting is the process of applying semi-permanent dye to enhance, shape, and define your brows. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "What is Eyebrow Tinting, Anyway?," 1 Feb. 2019 Among other changes, the bills would make recently enacted tax cuts for individuals permanent, expand retirement and education accounts and create tax-advantaged Universal Savings Accounts. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Flake & Co. try to tame partisan wildfire," 28 Sep. 2018 There is a good reason for that: Croatian soccer is in a state of near-permanent chaos. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Belgium’s Blueprint, Croatia’s Chaos, and the Murky Path to World Cup Glory," 10 July 2018 For context: a Reliance Aquatainer ($18) is a near-permanent resident in the back of my car for weekend camping and climbing trips. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Yeti's Silo 6G Reinvents the Water Cooler," 5 July 2018 When asked if Flagstaff, Arizona will stay their permanent residence, Kody wasn't so sure. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "4 Explosive Moments From the 'Sister Wives' Tell-All Part 1," 15 Apr. 2019 John Legend and Chrissy Teigen just proclaimed their love for each other in a very permanent way: with matching tattoos. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen Are Honoring Their Kids in a Very Permanent Way," 14 Apr. 2019

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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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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