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permanent

Syllabification: per·ma·nent
Pronunciation: /ˈpərmənənt
 
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Definition of permanent in English:

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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
lasting, enduring, indefinite, continuing, perpetual, everlasting, eternal, abiding, constant, irreparable, irreversible, lifelong, indissoluble, indelible, standing, perennial, unending, endless, never-ending, immutable, undying, imperishable, indestructible, ineradicable, ineliminable
long-term, stable, secure, durable
1.1Lasting or continuing without interruption: he’s in a permanent state of rage
More 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.

noun

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A perm for the hair.
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.

Origin

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

More
  • Permanent is from Latin permanent- ‘remaining to the end’ from per- ‘through’ and manere ‘remain’. The abbreviation perm in hairdressing dates from the 1920s, a shortening of ‘permanent wave’, a process that had been introduced only a few years earlier. Before that people had to curl their hair with hot tongs, or use the late 19th century marcel wave, named after François Marcel Grateau ( 1852–1936), the French hairdresser who invented the method.

Derivatives

permanentize

1
verb
( rare )
Example sentences
  • Divine right casts a permanentizing pall over governmental proceedings.

Words that rhyme with permanent

impermanent

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