Definition of tenure
tenurableplay \-ə-bəl\ adjective
tenurialplay \te-ˈnyu̇r-ē-əl\ adjective
tenuriallyplay \-ə-lē\ adverb
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
Recent Examples of tenure from the Web
Lucas’s daughter Wonya, a teenager during her father’s tenure as GM, tells me.
Streaking The Padres’ five-game winning streak is the second-longest active streak in the majors behind the Astros’ eight-game romp and is San Diego’s longest in Green’s tenure.
Under the Paris agreement, negotiated during former President Barack Obama's tenure, the United States voluntarily committed to reducing polluting emissions by 1.6 billion tons by 2025.
During Brabrand’s tenure in Lynchburg, students made significant gains in math and reading scores on state achievement tests.
More significant to Pelley's continued tenure, his newscast had the largest audience decline among the three network newscasts.
And while Ferranti declined to provide an average age or tenure for Kraft Heinz employees, former employees interviewed for this story said many of the more experienced workers had been laid off or left on their own since the merger.
Levandowski’s tenure at the private ride-hailing juggernaut, valued at almost $70 billion, was brief and dramatic.
Since coming to power in 2012, Mr. Xi has made fighting corruption a centerpiece of his tenure.
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TENURE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tenure for English Language Learners
: 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
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
tenurial\te-ˈnyu̇r-ē-əl\ play adjective
tenurially\-ə-lē\ play adverb
Origin and Etymology of tenure
Anglo-French, feudal holding, from Old French teneüre, from Medieval Latin tenitura, ultimately from Latin tenēre to hold
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