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

Definition of permanent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: continuing or enduring without fundamental or marked change : stable



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


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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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


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

Letting keratitis go can cause permanent damage that can impact your vision, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Is When to See a Doctor About Eye Pain ASAP," 19 June 2018 Routine under-sleeping can cause permanent damage to the skin and eyes after an initial period of reversible damage. Adam Hurly, GQ, "This Is How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Appearance," 9 June 2018 Quiros and Stenger were accused of misusing $200 million raised from foreign investors through the EB-5 visa program, which helps foreigners obtain permanent residency by investing in job-creating developments., "Two friends who worked at different pharmaceutical companies convicted of insider trading," 12 July 2018 The Department of Homeland Security plans to devote more than $207.6 million to look for cases of possible citizenship fraud, in addition to Green Card fraud by holders of permanent residency. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "Miami grandma targeted as U.S. takes aim at naturalized immigrants with prior offenses," 9 July 2018 Before receiving permanent residency, both women entered into the U.S. from Nicaragua under political asylum. Jessica Suriano, azcentral, "Mesa to celebrate Fourth of July with fireworks, naturalization ceremony for new citizens," 2 July 2018 Reza Kahlor, an Iranian scientist at Harvard who has legal permanent residency, has been weighing whether to start his new company in Canada ever since Trump signed the first order last year. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "In Upholding Trump's Travel Ban, the Supreme Court Harms Scientists," 27 June 2018 The new permanent-residency green cards would be issued each year only if Congress releases money for Trump’s border wall. Anna Edgerton,, "Trump Says He Won't Sign House Immigration Compromise Measure," 15 June 2018 In other news, the Foxes have reportedly opened talks with Juventus over the possibility of signing midfielder Stefano Sturaro on a permanent deal this summer, in a deal which would require Leicester to part with up to £20m., "Leicester City Turn to Former Tottenham Winger in Search for Riyad Mahrez Replacement," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Turning loanee signings into permanents has been of top priority., "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


15th century, in the meaning defined above


1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of permanent

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


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


per·ma·nent | \ ˈpərm(-ə)-nənt \

Medical Definition of permanent 

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

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