, present participle of permanere 'to stay till the end'
continuing to exist for a long time or for all the time in the future [≠ temporary]:
He gave up a permanent job in order to freelance.
a permanent change in your eating habits
The blindness that the disease causes will be permanent.
Miller soon became apermanent fixture (=someone or something that is always there)on the team.
the permanence of parental love
our desire for some sense of permanence
WORD FOCUS: long WORD FOCUS: long continuing for a long time:lengthy continuing for much too long:interminable, marathon, endless, long-winded, long-drawn-out, protracted continuing for a long time and not changing:permanent, lasting, lifelong when feelings last for a long time:lingering, abiding, enduring, lasting ➔ See alsolong
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.