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adjective permanent pronunciation in British English /ˈpɜː(r)mənənt/
  1. happening or existing for a long time or for all time in the future
    She suffered permanent brain damage as a result of the accident.
    They’ve offered me a room until I can find something more permanent.
    permanent staff (=people who are employed by an organization for as long as they wish to stay): We have a permanent staff of 24, plus 8 seasonal workers in the summer.
    a permanent fixture (=someone or something that is part of a system, organization, or your life for a long time): Blomquist has become a permanent fixture in the team.

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She complained of feeling permanently exhausted.
the decision to close down the factory permanently


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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