Take the noun tenure for the period of time a person holds a position or office. Your tenure as a student ends when you graduate high school — unless, of course, you go on to college.

Tenure from the Latin tenere means "to hold" and refers to the period of time a person works at a particular job or in an office. A president might have to deal with a recession during his tenure in the White House. In university jargon, if you have tenure, you have a permanent teaching position or professorship. In this sense, tenure can also be used as a verb. You've got it made if you're tenured at age 29.

Definitions of tenure

n the term during which some position is held

incumbency, term of office
administration, presidency, presidential term
the tenure of a president
vice-presidency, vice-presidential term
the tenure of a vice president
the term of office of a bishop
Type of:
a limited period of time

n the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands

land tenure
a medieval form of land tenure in England; a copyhold was a parcel of land granted to a peasant by the lord of the manor in return for agricultural services
tenure by which land is held in fee simple or for life
tenure by which a villein held land
Type of:
legal right
a right based in law

v give life-time employment to

“She was tenured after she published her book”
Type of:
advance, elevate, kick upstairs, promote, raise, upgrade
give a promotion to or assign to a higher position

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