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"permanent" in British English

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permanentadjective

uk   /ˈpɜː.mə.nənt/  us   /ˈpɝː-/
B1 lasting for a ​longtime 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 ​hairdye 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. Something that is permanent ​exists or ​happens all the ​time: Mont Blanc has a permanent ​snowcap. Our ​office is in a permanent ​state of ​chaos.

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permanentnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɜː.mə.nənt/  us   /ˈpɝː-/
(Definition of permanent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"permanent" in American English

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permanentadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈpɜr·mə·nənt/
lasting for a ​longtime or ​forever: Are you ​looking for a ​temporaryjob or something permanent? He ​entered the ​UnitedStates in 1988 as a permanent ​resident with a ​greencard.
permanence
noun [U]  us   /ˈpɜr·mə·nəns/
permanently
adverb [not gradable]  us   /ˈpɜr·mə·nənt·li/
The ​accidentleft him permanently ​paralyzed.
(Definition of permanent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"permanent" in Business English

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permanentadjective

uk   us   /ˈpɜːmənənt/ HR
used to describe something, for ​example a ​job or ​contract, that lasts for a ​longtime: permanent job/contract/employment 66% of last year's ​graduatesfound permanent ​employment within six months of ​leaving university. Robinson is hoping to be given the ​job on a permanent ​basis.
used to describe someone who is ​employed for a ​longtime: permanent employee/worker/staff The ​bankemploys 825 permanent ​staff at ​sites in London and Chelmsford.
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(Definition of permanent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “permanent”
in Korean 영구적인…
in Arabic دائم…
in Malaysian kekal…
in French permanent…
in Russian постоянный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 長久的, 永久的,永恆的, 常在的…
in Italian permanente, fisso, definitivo…
in Turkish kalıcı, uzun süreli…
in Polish trwały…
in Spanish permanente…
in Vietnamese lâu dài…
in Portuguese permanente…
in Thai ถาวร…
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…
in Indonesian selamanya…
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