ten·​ured ˈten-yərd How to pronounce tenured (audio)
 also  -ˌyu̇rd
: having tenure
tenured faculty members

Examples of tenured in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tom Zoellner is a tenured Professor of English at Chapman University, the author of numerous distinguished works of non-fiction, and an editor-at-large of the Los Angeles Review of Books. Tom Zoellner, SPIN, 9 Apr. 2024 More than 100 employees affected by UW-Waukesha closure The closure will affect more than 100 employees, including tenured faculty. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 11 Mar. 2024 This year, the tone has flipped, for the Colts and for their nickel cornerback who happens to be their third-most tenured player. The Indianapolis Star, 9 Jan. 2024 Notable past speakers include: Lani Guinier, the first Black woman to become a tenured professor at Harvard Law School. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 27 Feb. 2024 But the controversy will simmer as an outside law firm investigates Gow's tenured faculty status. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 26 Jan. 2024 Months later, in January 2017, Polito resigned from his tenured associate professor position after having worked at ECU since 2001 in the marketing and supply chain management department, the university said. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 11 Dec. 2023 Marc Edelman is a tenured Professor of Law at the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York and the Director of Sports Business Ethics at the Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity. Marc Edelman, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 By then, Porter had become a tenured law professor at UC Irvine. Benjamin Oreskes, Los Angeles Times, 2 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tenured was in 1965

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“Tenured.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenured. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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ten·​ured -yərd How to pronounce tenured (audio)
: having tenure
tenured teachers
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