staying power

noun

Definition of staying power 

: capacity for continuing (as in existence, influence, or popularity) without weakening

Examples of staying power in a Sentence

a long-distance runner with a lot of staying power a song with staying power Her staying power as a pop icon is remarkable.
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Furbies’) were everything the Post accused them of being, but their weirdness has given them cultural staying power — and sometimes they’ve been used for genuinely awesome projects, like a 44-Furby musical instrument. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Furby hell: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 24 Nov. 2018 Apply mascara afterward to give the curl staying power. Petra Guglielmetti, Woman's Day, "10 One-Minute Ways to Get Gorgeous," 1 Nov. 2010 But that alone doesn’t account for its staying power. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018 Or are there other factors to thank for its staying power? Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 Immigrant rights advocates have noticed the shift but are uncertain of the widening movement’s staying power. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘I’ve never seen that before’: Activists marvel as calls for immigrant rights enter the mainstream," 7 July 2018 In fact, only a handful of apps—hello there, Candy Crush Saga—have had anything close to Pokémon Go’s staying power. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "The Quiet, Steady Dominance of Pokémon Go," 6 July 2018 Yet at 19, Soto is both showing signs of staying power and comparing favorably to those who made the perilous leap from the minors to the big leagues while still a teenager. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Why Nationals teen-phenom Juan Soto may be here to stay," 14 June 2018 On this critic's list of 20 unforgettable concerts in 20 years, transcendent moments and overall brilliance translate into staying power. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Lindquist: 20 unforgettable nights across 20 years of writing about Indianapolis concerts," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of staying power

1859, in the meaning defined above

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staying power

noun

English Language Learners Definition of staying power

: the quality or ability that allows someone or something to continue to be effective, successful, popular, etc., for a long period of time

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