Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “permanent”

permanent

adjective uk   /ˈpɜː.mə.nənt/ us    /ˈpɝː-/
B1 lasting for a long time or for ever: She is looking for a permanent place to stay. Are you looking for a temporary or a permanent job? The disease can cause permanent damage to the brain. A semi-permanent hair dye will wash out after about three months. He entered the United States in 1988 as a permanent resident because of his marriage to a U.S. citizen. describes something that exists or happens all the time: Mont Blanc has a permanent snow cap. Our office is in a permanent state of chaos.

permanent

noun [C] uk   /ˈpɜː.mə.nənt/ us    /ˈpɝː-/
US for perm
(Definition of permanent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of permanent?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “permanent” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More