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1Lasting or intended to last or remain unchanged indefinitely:‘a permanent ban on the dumping of radioactive waste at sea’‘damage was not thought to be permanent’‘some temporary workers did not want a permanent job’
lasting, enduring, indefinite, continuing, perpetual, everlasting, eternal, abiding, constant, persistent, irreparable, irreversible, lifelong, indissoluble, indelible, standing, perennial, unending, endless, never-ending, immutable, unchangeable, unalterable, invariable, unchanging, changeless, undying, imperishable, indestructible, ineradicablelong-term, long-lasting, lasting, stable, fixed, established, sound, secure, solid, firm, continuing, durableView synonyms
- ‘Even without sunburn, intense sunlight causes permanent changes in the skin.’
- ‘This scholarship is being established in her name as a permanent reminder of her work.’
- ‘In the longer term, a permanent move to Livingston hasn't been ruled out.’
- ‘The project heralds a permanent change in the way bail bandits will be treated, he said.’
- ‘She was secure in the knowledge that she had a permanent home there.’
- ‘It would not be a permanent position, and I would expect you to continue searching.’
- ‘I can't decide whether this is a positive or a negative development, or indeed a permanent change.’
- ‘Part of my job will be to help them find a permanent office, and they have a pretty tight budget.’
- ‘The aim of phase two would be to secure funding and design a permanent sabbatical centre.’
- ‘Foreign firms are thus strongly advised to establish a permanent base in the region.’
- ‘When we say something is a part of our nature, it makes it seem to be a permanent, unchangeable thing.’
- ‘Many people work through agencies and then apply for permanent jobs.’
- ‘With no money, job, or permanent address, the future looked bleak for Lisa and baby Nicole.’
- ‘We decided to buy it as a holiday home but continue to look for a permanent base in the city.’
- ‘Bulb and perennial combinations can be permanent additions to garden beds and borders.’
- ‘It offers a long lasting and, in many cases, permanent cure by treating the disease at its root.’
- ‘So far the scheme has resulted in 20 people being placed into permanent jobs.’
- ‘It remains a permanent monument to the academic aspect of elasticity.’
- ‘The berthing piers would remain as a permanent feature of the development of tourism in St Lucia.’
- ‘He added that the town council intended to put up a more permanent sign later.’
- 1.1 Lasting or continuing without interruption:‘he's in a permanent state of rage’
- ‘We shall need permanent vigilance and constant efforts to spread democratic involvement.’
- ‘Was his permanent rage going to be banked by a great outpouring of slavering goodwill?’
- ‘The advantages of permanent representation abroad included practicality and continuity.’
A perm for the hair:‘a woman with a home permanent’
- ‘Problem-solving perms re-texturize hair, adding body, wave, movement and volume, but to call them permanents is a misnomer.’
- ‘She produced a copy of his fee schedule for his services which showed he offered a wide range of services from haircuts to more extensive styling and permanents.’
- ‘Also, hair sprays, hair color, and permanents will not make you lose more hair.’
- ‘Next week, we'll discuss how permanents, chemical relaxers, and dyes alter your hair's natural structure.’
- ‘Hairstyling, teasing, coloring, permanents, and the use of hair spray are supported.’
- ‘That thing scared me off permanents for life.’
- ‘Some of the girls had amateurish home permanents.’
Late Middle English: from Latin permanent- remaining to the end (perhaps via Old French), from per- through + manere remain.
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