• (America) IPA: /ˈtɛn.jɚ/
  • (British) IPA: /ˈtɛn.jʊə/, /ˈtɛn.jə/


  1. A status of possessing a thing or an office; an incumbency.
    • All that seems thine own, / Held by the tenure of his will alone.
  2. A period of time during which something is possessed.
  3. A status of having a permanent post with enhanced job security within an academic institution.
  4. A right to hold land under the feudal system.
  • (a status of possessing a thing or an office) incumbency
Related terms Translations
  • German: Besitz
  • Italian: essere titolare, permanenza in carica, gestione
  • Russian: владе́ние
  • Spanish: tenencia
  • German: Amtszeit
  • Italian: durata di un incarico, durata di un mandato
  • Russian: срок владение
  • Spanish: antigüedad
  • French: titularisation
  • German: Bekleidung, Innehaben
  • Italian: essere di ruolo, titolare di una cattedra
  • Russian: пребыва́ние в должность
  • Spanish: titularidad
  • French: tenure
  • German: Besitztitel, Besitzanspruch
  • Italian: godimento di un terreno

tenure (tenures, present participle tenuring; past and past participle tenured)

  1. (transitive) To grant tenure, the status of having a permanent academic position, to (someone).

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