Definition of “permanent” - English Dictionary

“permanent” in British English

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permanentadjective

uk /ˈpɜː.mə.nənt/ us /ˈpɝː.mə.nənt/

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.

Something that is permanent exists or happens all the time:

Mont Blanc has a permanent snow cap.
Our office is in a permanent state of chaos.

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permanentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpɜː.mə.nənt/ us /ˈpɝː.mə.nənt/

US also perm, formal permanent wave a chemical process that makes your hair curly, or a hairstyle that is created in this way

(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 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 ] us /ˈpɜr·mə·nəns/
permanently
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈpɜr·mə·nənt·li/

The accident left 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 /ˈpɜːmənənt/ us HR

used to describe something, for example a job or contract, that lasts for a long time:

permanent job/contract/employment 66% of last year's graduates found 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 long time:

permanent employee/worker/staff The bank employs 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)