per·​sis·​tence | \ pər-ˈsi-stən(t)s How to pronounce persistence (audio) , -ˈzi- \

Definition of persistence

1 : the action or fact of persisting
2 : the quality or state of being persistent especially : perseverance

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Examples of persistence in a Sentence

He admired her dogged persistence in pursuing the job. His persistence in asking for a raise was finally rewarded. She has shown a lot of persistence.
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Recent Examples on the Web The persistence of the Holocaust as something important to the identity of Jews also surprised some observers, as did a less weighty finding that having a good sense of humor (42%) is essential to respondents’ Jewish identity. Andrew Silow-carroll,, "How studies have shaped three decades of Jewish life," 11 May 2021 First of all, long Covid, the months-long persistence of symptoms, can result from even a mild infection. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Statistical Secrets of Covid-19 Vaccines," 6 May 2021 The first work of the exhibition is thus a reckoning of sorts, a public grappling with the persistence of white supremacy in the discipline. Kimberly Drew, Curbed, "MoMA’s ‘Reconstructions’ Show Changed My Relationship to Space and Cities," 20 Apr. 2021 Britain’s Office for National Statistics said a survey of 9,063 respondents who tested positive for COVID-19 found that more than 20% reported persistence of some symptoms after five weeks. Fox News, "German clinic helps COVID long haulers," 20 Apr. 2021 With persistence, Schneider became one of the sales department’s top earners. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "How Brandon Schneider went from waiter to Warriors president and COO," 18 Apr. 2021 Coupled with persistence, passion lit a path in the sky for the WASP. Melissa Jun Rowley, Forbes, "The #dreamMaker Chronicles: Meet The Woman Bringing The Forgotten Story Of WWII’s WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) To The Stage," 15 Apr. 2021 With some persistence, however, Zhao eventually won her over, and Swankie looks back on the experience with fondness — if also astonishment. Mary Sollosi,, "The Front-Runner: With Nomadland, Chloé Zhao is on the road to Oscars history," 6 Apr. 2021 The Pride outshot the Whitecaps 5-3 in the opening minutes of the second period, evening the score on a goal scored through Parker's persistence. Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, "Whitecaps fall to Boston 4-3 in Isobel Cup final," 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of persistence

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of persistence was in 1546

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13 May 2021

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“Persistence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of persistence

: the quality that allows someone to continue doing something or trying to do something even though it is difficult or opposed by other people
: the state of occurring or existing beyond the usual, expected, or normal time


per·​sist·​ence | \ pər-ˈsi-stəns How to pronounce persistence (audio) \

Kids Definition of persistence

1 : the act or fact of stubbornly continuing to do something
2 : the act or fact of continuing to exist longer than usual

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