staying power


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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Recent Examples on the Web His play might not be flashy, but his skill set should give him staying power. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft's biggest steals: Patriots, Jets add top value with hauls in 2021 class," 3 May 2021 There was no surprise newcomer, no young spoiler; the Best Actress contenders of 2014 were all about institutional staying power. Zach Schonfeld, Vulture, "Smile! A Complete History of the Oscar Class Photo," 23 Apr. 2021 Parents have the opportunity to augment academic knowledge and fun-but-not-real games into stories and concepts that have incredible durability and staying power. Chris Carosa, Forbes, "How Parents Can Use Storytelling To Raise Financially Literate Children," 19 Apr. 2021 Later co-host Sable Yong explains that staying power is often dependent on the order of a fragrance's layer composition. Michella Oré, Vogue, "What Exactly Is a Scent Profile? Here’s How to Choose Your Next Signature Fragrance," 16 Apr. 2021 But estimates of their numbers and staying power were mainly anecdotal., "They came to Vermont for a pandemic retreat. Now, some are putting down roots," 9 Apr. 2021 The site had the staying power that Ask Jeeves and similar sites lacked. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "An ode to Yahoo Answers, where perplexing questions begat questionable answers," 6 Apr. 2021 Cooper completes the look with brow gel for staying power. Pamela Edwards Christiani, Essence, "How To Recreate Andra Day's NAACP Image Awards Look," 27 Mar. 2021 Educators creating solutions to the challenges of remote learning are seeing the outlines of the future: pandemic innovations that have staying power and may even help solve chronic problems of quality and equity. Sarah Matusek, The Christian Science Monitor, "The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping," 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of staying power

1859, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2021

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“Staying power.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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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