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

The measure, known as the backstop, is a safeguard that would keep the U.K. in a customs union with the EU and removes the need for checks along the border until a permanent new trading relationship is in place. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit," 12 Feb. 2019 The new outlet, located at 5101 Renegade Way in Florence, Kentucky, will now be open on a permanent basis on weekends. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Psst…Here’s Your First Look at Wayfair’s New Outlet Store in Kentucky," 11 Feb. 2019 The permanent nature of the web—where stories do not become tomorrow’s recycling—means that the volume of coverage on a subject can only increase, persistently magnifying any narrative that may have once come and gone. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "How the Internet’s Obsession with the Royal Family Turned Toxic," 10 Feb. 2019 Despite a rocky, sometimes tragic start, the Osprey’s combination of speed, range, and vertical takeoff capability has won the tiltrotor concept a permanent place in aviation. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "V-22 Osprey: The Story of the Revolutionary Tiltrotor Aircraft," 8 Feb. 2019 You are cordially invited to step into the colorful world of Chanel at the new Atelier Beauté Chanel in Soho, a playful, permanent haven for skin-care addicts and makeup junkies to experiment with the brand’s holy grail of products. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Chanel’s New Beauty Atelier Is Made for Experimentation (and Perfect Instagrams)," 25 Jan. 2019 Come spring, everyone will want to be on permanent vacation mode with delicious summertime staples like nostalgic tie-dye and casual straw details. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "5 Accessory Trends You'll See Everywhere This Year," 24 Jan. 2019 But the band decided to keep PJ on as a permanent addition, even after Jesse returned in 2014. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Wait, Who Else Besides Adam Levine Is in Maroon 5?," 20 Jan. 2019 Moriwaki successfully obtained temporary and permanent protection orders against Rynearson in municipal court. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Does Washington cyberstalking law violate free-speech rights? Bainbridge man gets new chance to make his case," 11 Sep. 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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