WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
ten•ure /ˈtɛnyɚ/USA pronunciation
n., v., -ured, -ur•ing.
[uncountable] the holding of anything, as of property, a political job, etc.:the tenure of an office.
[countable] the length of time for holding something:enjoyed a tenure of only a few months before serious criticism began.
[uncountable] a status granted to an employee indicating that the position is permanent:The professor was awarded tenure.
v. [~ + object]
to give tenure to.See -ten-.
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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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