existing perpetually; everlasting, especially without significant change.
intended to exist or function for a long, indefinite period without regard to unforeseeable conditions: a permanent employee; the permanent headquarters of the United Nations.
long-lasting or nonfading: permanent pleating; permanent ink.
Also called permanent wave . a wave or curl that is set into the hair by the application of a special chemical preparation and that remains for a number of months.
- per·ma·nent·ly, adverb
- per·ma·nent·ness, noun
- non·per·ma·nent, adjective
- non·per·ma·nent·ly, adverb
- pseu·do·per·ma·nent, adjective
- qua·si-per·ma·nent, adjective
- qua·si-per·ma·nent·ly, adverb
- sub·per·ma·nent, adjective
- sub·per·ma·nent·ly, adverb
- un·per·ma·nent, adjective
- un·per·ma·nent·ly, adverb
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How to use permanent in a sentence
A lot of households that were struggling, then a lot of the jobs that were furloughed have become permanent layoffs.‘Can’t eat a gift card’: Rural food banks fight to put turkeys on the table | Kyle Swenson | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
If left untreated, it can cause serious complications and perhaps permanent heart damage.Teen athletes with even mild COVID-19 can develop heart problems | Partho Sengupta | November 18, 2020 | Science News For Students
The combo of the immediacy of Stories and the staying power of Highlights will let you create a permanent album.Harness the power of integrated CRO and social media | Ricky Wang | November 17, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Shop and Reels tabs are now permanent fixtures on Instagram’s home screen, the company announced Thursday.Social Shorts: Instagram pegs Reels and Shop, Pinterest’s engagement metric, TikTok’s size and more | Ginny Marvin | November 16, 2020 | Search Engine Land
With wide asymptomatic spread, there will be more mutations and more risk that the virus will become permanent.If we don’t vaccinate the world quickly, all our COVID efforts will be a waste | jakemeth | November 12, 2020 | Fortune
Haringey Council told The Daily Beast that the children had not been taken permanently into state care.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis | Nico Hines | January 7, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Hitchcock was our mountains and our rivers, curled permanently into our brainpans.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He survived, Risner says, but was left permanently injured by a bullet to his spine.
And not all illegal immigrants remain in the country permanently.
Is he the type of character who would ever join the group permanently, or is he more of a drift-in, drift-out kind of guy?‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Scott Gimple Teases ‘Darker, Weirder’ Times Ahead | Melissa Leon | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The box B is permanently supplied with air under pressure from the bellows.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
It is less troublesome, as well as less expensive, than a hot supper, and the custom will be a good one to adopt permanently.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
However, one-third of the area of the state—which had become West Virginia—was permanently separated.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Her nominee was unable to hold his ground in Kerry, nor was the Papal Bishop permanently resident.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
About half this great counter was permanently immersed, and when a boat laid over, almost the whole of it came into bearing.Yachting Vol. 2 | Various.
British Dictionary definitions for permanent
existing or intended to exist for an indefinite period: a permanent structure
not expected to change for an indefinite time; not temporary: a permanent condition
- permanently, adverb
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