Definition of tenure
From Anglo-Norman < Old French teneure < Vulgar Latin *tenitura < *tenit(us) < Latin tentus (< teneō) + -ura.
tenure (plural tenures)
- a status of possessing a thing or an office; an incumbency
- a period of time during which it is possessed
- a status of having a permanent post at an academic institution
- a right to hold land under the feudal system
- (a status of possessing a thing or an office): incumbency
tenure (third-person singular simple present tenures, present participle tenuring, simple past and past participle tenured)
- (transitive) To grant tenure, the status of having a permanent academic position, to (someone).
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