Definition of permanent in English:

permanent

adjective

  • 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’
    • ‘He added that the town council intended to put up a more permanent sign later.’
    • ‘She was secure in the knowledge that she had a permanent home there.’
    • ‘The berthing piers would remain as a permanent feature of the development of tourism in St Lucia.’
    • ‘The aim of phase two would be to secure funding and design a permanent sabbatical centre.’
    • ‘This scholarship is being established in her name as a permanent reminder of her work.’
    • ‘So far the scheme has resulted in 20 people being placed into permanent jobs.’
    • ‘In the longer term, a permanent move to Livingston hasn't been ruled out.’
    • ‘With no money, job, or permanent address, the future looked bleak for Lisa and baby Nicole.’
    • ‘Bulb and perennial combinations can be permanent additions to garden beds and borders.’
    • ‘Even without sunburn, intense sunlight causes permanent changes in the skin.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I can't decide whether this is a positive or a negative development, or indeed a permanent change.’
    • ‘It would not be a permanent position, and I would expect you to continue searching.’
    • ‘It offers a long lasting and, in many cases, permanent cure by treating the disease at its root.’
    • ‘Part of my job will be to help them find a permanent office, and they have a pretty tight budget.’
    • ‘We decided to buy it as a holiday home but continue to look for a permanent base in the city.’
    • ‘The project heralds a permanent change in the way bail bandits will be treated, he said.’
    • ‘It remains a permanent monument to the academic aspect of elasticity.’
    • ‘Foreign firms are thus strongly advised to establish a permanent base in the region.’
    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, ineradicable
    long-term, long-lasting, lasting, stable, fixed, established, sound, secure, solid, firm, continuing, durable
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    1. 1.1 Lasting or continuing without interruption.
      ‘he's in a permanent state of rage’
      • ‘Was his permanent rage going to be banked by a great outpouring of slavering goodwill?’
      • ‘We shall need permanent vigilance and constant efforts to spread democratic involvement.’
      • ‘The advantages of permanent representation abroad included practicality and continuity.’

noun

North American
  • A perm for the hair.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That thing scared me off permanents for life.’
    • ‘Also, hair sprays, hair color, and permanents will not make you lose more hair.’
    • ‘Problem-solving perms re-texturize hair, adding body, wave, movement and volume, but to call them permanents is a misnomer.’
    • ‘Hairstyling, teasing, coloring, permanents, and the use of hair spray are supported.’
    • ‘Some of the girls had amateurish home permanents.’
    • ‘Next week, we'll discuss how permanents, chemical relaxers, and dyes alter your hair's natural structure.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin permanent- ‘remaining to the end’ (perhaps via Old French), from per- ‘through’ + manere ‘remain’.

Pronunciation

permanent

/ˈpərmənənt//ˈpərmənənt/