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Definition of permanent adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    permanent

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//ˈpərmənənt//
     
     
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  1.  lasting for a long time or for all time in the future; existing all the time a permanent job permanent staff They are now living together on a permanent basis. The accident has not done any permanent damage. a permanent fixture (= a person or an object that is always in a particular place) The gallery hosts various exhibitions and a permanent collection. opposite impermanent, temporary
  2. permanently
     
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  3.  
    adverb The stroke left his right side permanently damaged. She had decided to settle permanently in France. This door is kept permanently locked.
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