per·​ma·​nent·​ly ˈpər-mə-nənt-lē How to pronounce permanently (audio)
: in a permanent manner : in a way that continues without changing or ending : in a way that is not brief or temporary
The restaurant closed permanently in May.
an area where the ground is permanently frozen
Artificial intelligence has permanently changed our understanding of the mind and has proved itself in hundreds of unsung applications.Steven Pinker

Examples of permanently in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The play was originally scheduled to make its local premiere at San Diego Repertory Theatre in 2022, but the theater permanently shut down before the production could be staged. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2024 According to Meta, the accounts have been disabled, which means they are permanently removed. Rosa Rahimi, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 The defendant would be required to transfer all of the images to Jane Doe, and then permanently delete and destroy any copies of the images. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 9 Feb. 2024 Chaudhry recently filed a motion to keep the documents permanently under seal. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 8 Feb. 2024 The actor’s lawyers are seeking to keep the filing with the women’s statements sealed permanently. Melena Ryzik, New York Times, 8 Feb. 2024 Opening migrant centers permanently Arambula said his bill would remove the 50-mile requirement and keep the centers open permanently. Lindsey Holden, Sacramento Bee, 8 Feb. 2024 Some patients might struggle with changes in their appearance, or need an ostomy bag, either temporarily or permanently. Lisa Jarvis, Twin Cities, 7 Feb. 2024 How terrible to contemplate a president who loathes the Constitution and is bent on permanently subverting it. Dan McLaughlin, National Review, 6 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of permanently was in the 15th century

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“Permanently.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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