WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
ten•ure /ˈtɛnyɚ/USA pronunciation n., v., -ured, -ur•ing.
n. 
  1. [uncountable] the holding of anything, as of property, a political job, etc.:the tenure of an office.
  2. [countable] the length of time for holding something:enjoyed a tenure of only a few months before serious criticism began.
  3. [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-.

    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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