tenure

noun
ten·​ure | \ ˈten-yər also -ˌyu̇r How to pronounce tenure (audio) \

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 How to pronounce tenurable (audio) \ adjective
tenurial \ te-​ˈnyu̇r-​ē-​əl How to pronounce tenurial (audio) \ adjective
tenurially \ te-​ˈnyu̇r-​ē-​ə-​lē How to pronounce tenurially (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for tenure

Synonyms

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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Merkley's request came on the third day of Bunch's tenure as the 14th Smithsonian secretary. oregonlive.com, "Jeff Merkley wants Smithsonian to remove Sackler name over role in opioid crisis," 19 June 2019 The city is likely to grow more during Ellwanger's tenure. Dallas News, "'The place for me': Allen's new city manager faces changes, 'balancing act' as town grows," 19 June 2019 The proposal comes amid a broader tightening of controls across China under President Xi Jinping, who came to power in 2012 and whose tenure has been marked by rising nationalism and intolerance of dissent. Laignee Barron / Hong Kong, Time, "Why Hong Kong Protesters Aren't Calling It Quits After the Suspension of a Controversial Extradition Bill," 19 June 2019 Glassdoor doesn’t provide a details about each CEO’s rankings, but Zuckerberg’s apparent fall is likely a result of the recent controversy surrounding his company—and his tenure. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Approval Rating Nosedives. Here's Where He Ranks," 19 June 2019 The program offers 5-year tenure track positions with a €100,000 start-up package to set up labs, along with a mentoring program and career opportunities for spouses. Tania Rabesandratana, Science | AAAS, "Men need not apply: University set to open jobs just to women," 18 June 2019 Hibbert's Pacers tenure ended poorly, getting unceremoniously dumped for a second-round pick. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "NBA Draft 2019: Ranking all of the Pacers' draft day trades," 18 June 2019 Braun's tenure at WKRC began in the fall of 1984, according to the station's website. Max Londberg, Cincinnati.com, "Rob Braun, longtime news anchor in Cincinnati, to leave WKRC Local 12, GM says," 18 June 2019 Benjamin had taken it upon himself to implement diversity measures after beginning his tenure in 2013, according to The Daily Beast, but met alleged resistance from Sparks. David Canfield, EW.com, "Nicholas Sparks apologizes in new response to anti-gay allegations," 17 June 2019

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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, "possession of land under obligation to a superior, the land so held," borrowed from Anglo-French tenure, teneure, going back to Gallo-Romance *tenitūra "act of possessing," from Latin ten-, base of tenēre "to hold, possess" + -it-, generalized from past participles ending in -itus + -ūra -ure — more at tenant entry 1

Note: A number of renderings of the word in Medieval Latin from the 11th century on (as tenetura, tenatura, tentura, tenura, etc.) may reflect stages in the passage from Latin to French or attempts to Latinize a vernacular form.

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tenure

noun

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

tenure

noun
ten·​ure | \ ˈten-yər How to pronounce tenure (audio) \

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 How to pronounce tenurial (audio) \ adjective
tenurially \ -​ə-​lē How to pronounce tenurially (audio) \ adverb

History and Etymology for tenure

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

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