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ten•ure /ˈtɛnyɚ/USA pronunciation
n., v., -ured, -ur•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- the holding of anything, as of property, a political job, etc.:[uncountable]the tenure of an office.
- the length of time for holding something:[countable]enjoyed a tenure of only a few months before serious criticism began.
- a status granted to an employee indicating that the position is permanent:[uncountable]The professor was awarded tenure.
v. [~ + object]
- to give tenure to.
(ten′yər),USA pronunciation n.
- the holding or possessing of anything:the tenure of an office.
- the holding of property, esp. real property, of a superior in return for services to be rendered.
- the period or term of holding something.
- status granted to an employee, usually after a probationary period, indicating that the position or employment is permanent.
(ten yŏŏr′ē əl),USA pronunciation adj.
- to give tenure to:After she served three years on probation, the committee tenured her.
- Vulgar Latin *tenitura, equivalent. to *tenit(us) held (for Latin tentus, past participle of tenēre) + -ura -ure
- Anglo-French; Old French teneure
- 1250–1300; Middle English
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tenure /ˈtɛnjʊə; ˈtɛnjə/ n
Etymology: 15th Century: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tenitūra, ultimately from Latin tenēre to holdtenˈurial adj
- the possession or holding of an office or position
- the length of time an office, position, etc, lasts; term
- 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
- the right to permanent employment until retirement, esp for teachers, lecturers, etc
- the holding or occupying of property, esp realty, in return for services rendered, etc
- the duration of such holding or occupation
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