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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Former San Francisco Giants general manager Brian Sabean, who assembled teams that won three World Series during his tenure, has wrapped up a deal in the desert. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "Longtime Giants general manager Brian Sabean deals desert home in Scottsdale, Ariz.," 3 July 2019 During his eight years in Charlotte, Walker was a high-usage offensive player, often being asked to do too much for a franchise that made the playoffs just twice during his tenure. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Kemba Walker will be challenged in Boston's system, but keeps Celtics competitive," 30 June 2019 During my tenure, New Orleans blossomed into one of the best sports towns in America. Jeff Duncan, nola.com, "My front row seat to the Golden Age of New Orleans sports," 28 June 2019 In addition to the $1,000 from the Kochs, Roblan has accepted $53,000 from timber interests during his tenure. oregonlive.com, "These are the Democrats who didn’t support Oregon’s climate bill. Who gave them money?," 26 June 2019 Major accomplishments during his tenure included increasing the Chamber’s membership by 123 percent; being named national Chamber of the Year twice (1993 and 1997); and increasing revenues by more than 400 percent. The Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "John Williams, who led Cincinnati chamber and guided stadium effort, dead at age 78," 25 June 2019 During his tenure, Roberts guided the careers of Stills; Joni Mitchell; Bob Dylan; Tom Petty; Buffalo Springfield; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; and of course, Neil Young. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Stephen Stills & Graham Nash Pay Tribute to Their Longtime Manager Elliot Roberts," 22 June 2019 And for the first time during his tenure, Mr. Powell did not have a unanimous vote on a decision to hold rates steady. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fed holds rates steady but cracks door to future cut," 19 June 2019 During his tenure, Morsi was imprisoned twice, a common fate for Brotherhood leaders. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Mohamed Morsi, Who Brought the Muslim Brotherhood to the Egyptian Presidency," 19 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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