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Line breaks: per¦man|ent
Pronunciation: /ˈpəːm(ə)nənt

Definition of permanent in English:


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
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  • 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 rage
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  • 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 permanent
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  • 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'.

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