Definition of permanently in US English:



  • 1In a way that lasts or remains unchanged indefinitely; for all time.

    ‘his lungs are permanently damaged’
    • ‘But once the nerves are permanently damaged by loud sounds, you cannot regenerate them.’
    • ‘In the end, the assassinated and the assassin are joined together permanently in an unmitigated human tragedy.’
    • ‘There this messenger molecule would activate appropriate genes needed to synthesize proteins that would permanently strengthen the synaptic connection.’
    • ‘For $5,000, a Texan even agreed to have an advertisement permanently tattooed on the back of his head.’
    • ‘Applying the precautionary principle to a change amounts to permanently prohibiting it.’
    • ‘A botched attempt can leave a person seriously damaged, even permanently disabled.’
    • ‘The mausoleum has since been restored, and the remains of Dr. Minahan are permanently sealed in the vault.’
    • ‘Furthermore, a retaliatory fishery runs the risk of permanently decimating already-fragile salmon runs.’
    • ‘The plan would lead to a permanently larger role for government.’
    • ‘These devices could be permanently Installed on ships or remotely operated from the shore, Holden explained.’
    • ‘We will not ease our pressure on the school or its supporters until it is finally and permanently shut down.’
    • ‘An even more dramatic display of wealth would be to remove the silver from circulation permanently, by burying it.’
    • ‘The populace lives in fear of the lights going out permanently.’
    • ‘At the Battle of Gettysburg he was severely wounded, permanently crippling his left arm.’
    • ‘He claims to have a document from a court allowing him to work in the United States permanently.’
    • ‘Thousands of tons of rocky debris were dumped into valleys, permanently burying more than 700 miles of mountain streams.’
    • ‘Once a ligament is overstretched, it remains overstretched permanently.’
    • ‘With Republicans back in control of the U.S. Senate, the push is already on to permanently repeal the federal estate tax.’
    • ‘Those who survive their first year risk being permanently impaired by chronic malnutrition.’
    • ‘The abolition of overtime rights was restored and the television ownership cap was permanently raised to 39 percent.’
    for all time, forever, for good, for always, for good and all, for ever and ever, evermore, for evermore, in perpetuity, lastingly, indelibly, immutably, inalterably, invariably, until the end of time, everlastingly, enduringly, abidingly
    continually, constantly, perpetually, perennially, always, forever, ever, invariably, eternally, persistently
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    1. 1.1 In a way that lasts or continues without interruption; continually.
      ‘we need to be permanently vigilant’
      • ‘The 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, which spilled 11 million gallons into Alaska's pristine Prince William Sound, is permanently imprinted in the public consciousness.’
      • ‘Visitors to Batam could be turned away on arrival unless they have proof that they have relatives who are permanently resident.’
      • ‘They remain permanently plugged in to the rhythmical beat.’
      • ‘When I turn off the PC the light on the optical mouse remains on permanently.’
      • ‘The conversation permanently changed my relationship with that boyfriend.’
      • ‘Permanently in motion, he seemed to fear what he might discover in the calm stillness of introspection.’
      • ‘Without developing the discipline and self-awareness to judge themselves, dancers can remain permanently disempowered and under the control of others.’
      • ‘We are also left with a permanently destabilised world.’
      • ‘It sounded as if someone got permanently lost in their maze and decided to cross cut through the bushes.’
      • ‘Each side also had permission to destroy 15 missiles and launchers by disabling, then permanently exhibiting them in museums and similar facilities.’
      • ‘The outreach clinic has between 100 and 150 people registered as permanently homeless, and the figure for the city is much higher.’
      • ‘These days being female can feel like permanently shopping for your four-year-old daughter's birthday party.’
      • ‘But with his clean-cut image blackened overnight, there had to be a question whether his career would be permanently over-shadowed by his inexcusable actions.’
      • ‘For both, the top priority was to maintain permanently friendly relations with Indonesia; no other issue was to be permitted to disrupt the relationship.’
      • ‘Lockss is both a web cache and a web crawler; the cache never gets flushed and the crawler is permanently scavenging.’
      • ‘Met Police special branch officers and immigration officials are permanently on site, with customs officers on hand when necessary.’
      • ‘Even if our articles will initially be few, they will be free, permanently available and not require registration before reading.’
      • ‘The fire that permanently flickers in the hearth of the Saltersgate Inn near the Hole of Horcum on the North York moors is one.’
      • ‘The station was reopened in 1960, rebuilt in 1961 by BAS and then occupied permanently until its final closure in February 1975.’
      • ‘Russia banned foreign reporters from working independently in the republic and it was simply too dangerous for international organizations to station staff there permanently.’