permanent Definition

  • 1lasting or intended to last or remain unchanged indefinitely
  • 2not temporary or fleeting

Using permanent: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "permanent" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company offered her a permanent position.

  • Example

    He suffered permanent damage to his hearing.

  • Example

    The artist used permanent ink for the tattoo.

  • Example

    The decision had a permanent impact on their relationship.

permanent Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for permanent

Phrases with permanent

  • a type of pen that uses ink that is designed to be long-lasting and not easily removed


    Use a permanent marker to label the boxes.

  • the status of being allowed to live permanently in a country other than one's native country


    After living in the country for five years, she applied for permanent residency.

  • a treatment applied to fabrics to make them resistant to wrinkles and creases


    These shirts are made with permanent press fabric.

Origins of permanent

from Latin 'permanens', meaning 'remaining throughout'


Summary: permanent in Brief

The term 'permanent' [ˈpɜːmənənt] denotes something lasting or intended to last indefinitely, without change. It can refer to positions, damage, ink, or impact, as in 'The company offered her a permanent position.' 'Permanent' also appears in phrases like 'permanent marker,' which uses ink that is long-lasting and not easily removed.

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