ten·ure | \ˈten-yər also -ˌyu̇r \

Definition of tenure 

1 : the act, right, manner, or term of holding something (such as a landed property, a position, or an office) especially : a status granted after a trial period to a teacher that gives protection from summary dismissal

2 : grasp, hold

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Other Words from tenure

tenurable \ˈten-yər-ə-bəl \ adjective
tenurial \te-ˈnyu̇r-ē-əl \ adjective
tenurially \te-ˈnyu̇r-ē-ə-lē \ adverb

Synonyms for tenure


hitch, stint, term, tour

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Examples of tenure in a Sentence

… but there is also about it just the trace of the nettlesome righteousness that alienated much of Washington during his tenure there, the not-so-subtle suggestion that while he might be in politics, he is not of politics and certainly not, God_forbid, a politician. — Jim Wooten, New York Times Magazine, 29 Jan. 1995 Pittsburgh's offensive linemen, trap blockers during Noll's tenure, had to bulk up for the straight-ahead game. — Paul Zimmerman, Sports Illustrated, 9 Nov. 1992 A mural on the upper half of a four-story guesthouse was painted in 1977 by twelve-year-old schoolchildren, whose tenure on the scaffold must have thrilled their parents. — John McPhee, New Yorker, 22 Feb. 1988 During his tenure as head coach, the team won the championship twice. her 12-year tenure with the company His tenure in office will end with the next election. After seven years I was finally granted tenure. He hopes to get tenure next year. The defendant did not have tenure on the land. land tenure in Anglo-Saxon Britain
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Four months into her tenure as interim leader of D.C.’s public schools, Amanda Alexander is preparing to hire two deputy chancellors — among the most powerful positions in the school system. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "D.C. mayor launches search for next public schools chancellor," 28 June 2018 Trump has used tough rhetoric to describe immigrants throughout his campaign and into his tenure in the White House. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "'I'm Not That Person the President of the United States Says I Am.' Man Who Was Subjected to Racist Rant Speaks Out," 26 June 2018 Little more than two years into his tenure, US District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity Jr. issued his historic desegregation ruling, ordering Boston’s schools to use busing to implement integration. Bryan Marquard, BostonGlobe.com, "William J. Leary, who led Boston’s schools at outset of busing, dies at 86," 14 June 2018 Travel Ban The first major move from Trump was the controversial travel ban, which the president signed into effect a week into his tenure. Alan Gomez, USA TODAY, "All the ways President Trump is cutting legal immigration," 12 June 2018 Seven months into his tenure, Mr. Otting is pushing to rewrite expensive requirements for banks to have anti-money laundering and community-development programs. Ryan Tracy, WSJ, "Trump’s Bank Regulator Flips Obama’s Script," 8 June 2018 If his legendary status wasn't guaranteed already, Madrid then beat their fierce city rivals on penalties, as Zidane lifted the European Cup once again - but for the first time as a manager - less than six months into his tenure at the Bernabeu. SI.com, "Why Zidane Should Be Remembered as the Champions League's Greatest Head Coach in Wake of Madrid Exit," 31 May 2018 Wearing a sparkling Chanel Haute Couture gown, Trump was every inch appearing as a comfortable and capable first lady, almost 16 months into her tenure. Kate Bennett, CNN, "Melania Trump hasn't appeared in public for 19 days," 29 May 2018 Now, five months into her tenure as Homeland Security secretary, the measures Nielsen has implemented - separating families, boosting arrests, increasing prosecutions - have made her a villain to many Democrats and immigrant rights' groups. Josh Dawsey, courant.com, "'We're closed!': Trump directs his anger over immigration at Homeland Security secretary," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of tenure

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tenure

Middle English, from Anglo-French teneure, tenure, from Medieval Latin tenitura, from Vulgar Latin *tenitus, past participle of Latin tenēre to hold — more at thin

Anglo-French, feudal holding, from Old French teneüre, from Medieval Latin tenitura, ultimately from Latin tenēre to hold

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English Language Learners Definition of tenure

: the amount of time that a person holds a job, office, or title

: the right to keep a job (especially the job of being a professor at a college or university) for as long as you want to have it

law : the right to use property


ten·ure | \ˈten-yər \

Legal Definition of tenure 

1 : the act, manner, duration, or right of holding something tenure of office specifically : the manner of holding real property : the title and conditions by which property is held freehold tenure

2 : a status granted to a teacher usually after a probationary period that protects him or her from dismissal except for reasons of incompetence, gross misconduct, or financial necessity

Other Words from tenure

tenurial \te-ˈnyu̇r-ē-əl \ adjective
tenurially \-ə-lē \ adverb

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