- 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 jobMore example sentences
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• rare perdurablelong-term, long-lasting, lasting, stable, fixed, established, sound, secure, solid, firm, continuing, durable
- With no money, job, or permanent address, the future looked bleak for Lisa and baby Nicole.
- The berthing piers would remain as a permanent feature of the development of tourism in St Lucia.
- It remains a permanent monument to the academic aspect of elasticity.
- 1.1Lasting or continuing without interruption: he’s in a permanent state of rageMore example sentences
- 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.
- We shall need permanent vigilance and constant efforts to spread democratic involvement.
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- A perm for the hair: a woman with a home permanentMore example sentences
- 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.
- Also, hair sprays, hair color, and permanents will not make you lose more hair.
late Middle English: from Latin permanent- 'remaining to the end' (perhaps via Old French), from per- 'through' + manere 'remain'.