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permanent

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈpɜr·mə·nənt/ us  
lasting for a long time or forever: Are you looking for a temporary job or something permanent? He entered the United States in 1988 as a permanent resident with a green card.
permanence
noun [U]  /ˈpɜr·mə·nəns/ us  
permanently
adverb [not gradable]  /ˈpɜr·mə·nənt·li/ us  
The accident left him permanently paralyzed.
Translations of “permanent”
in Korean 영구적인…
in Arabic دائم…
in French permanent…
in Turkish kalıcı, uzun süreli…
in Italian permanente, fisso, definitivo…
in Chinese (Traditional) 長久的, 永久的,永恆的, 常在的…
in Russian постоянный…
in Polish trwały…
in Spanish permanente…
in Portuguese permanente…
in German ständig…
in Catalan permanent…
in Japanese 長持ちする, 永続する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 长久的, 永久的,永恒的, 常在的…
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