V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. the time spent in a particular office or position; 2. the granting of permanent employment after a provisional period, used especially in the teaching profession; 3. the holding of land

Synonyms: possession, holding, term, incumbency, occupancy, tenancy


Tips: Tenure comes from the Latin tenere, which means "to hold." The words tenacious and tenacity have the same origin. People who have tenure hold a position, a piece of property, or an office. Tenure can also refer to the time a position is held. As a verb, tenure refers to the giving of life-time employment, usually to professors at universities.

Usage Examples:

During her tenure in office, the mayor made many changes that helped the city's operations work more effectively. (term, incumbency)

After several years of outstanding teaching and scholarship, the professor was given tenure. (a permanent position)

His tenure as company president will be over when he retires next month. (term)

He was tenured once he finished his doctoral studies. (given lifetime employment) verb

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