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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
ten•ure /ˈtɛnyɚ/USA pronunciation   n., v., -ured, -ur•ing. 
    1. the holding of anything, as of property, a political job, etc.[uncountable]the tenure of an office.
    2. the length of time for holding something[countable]enjoyed a tenure of only a few months before serious criticism began.
    3. a status granted to an employee indicating that the position is permanent[uncountable]The professor was awarded tenure.

    v. [+ object]
    1. to give tenure to.
    See -ten-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
ten•ure  (tenyər), 
  1. the holding or possessing of anything:the tenure of an office.
  2. the holding of property, esp. real property, of a superior in return for services to be rendered.
  3. the period or term of holding something.
  4. status granted to an employee, usually after a probationary period, indicating that the position or employment is permanent.

  1. to give tenure to:After she served three years on probation, the committee tenured her.
Etymology:1250–1300; Middle English Anglo-French;
Old French teneure Vulgar Latin *tenitura, equivalent. to *tenit(us) held (for Latin tentus, past participle of tenēre) + -ura -ure
ten•u•ri•al  (ten yŏŏrē əl), 
ten•uri•al•ly, adv. 

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

tenure /ˈtɛnjʊə; ˈtɛnjə/ n
  1. the possession or holding of an office or position
  2. the length of time an office, position, etc, lasts; term
  3. chiefly US Canadian the improved security status of a person after having been in the employ of the same company or institution for a specified period
  4. the right to permanent employment until retirement, esp for teachers, lecturers, etc
  5. the holding or occupying of property, esp realty, in return for services rendered, etc
  6. the duration of such holding or occupation
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tenitūra, ultimately from Latin tenēre to hold

tenˈurial adj

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