tenure noun

1 holding an important position

ADJ. life, long | brief, short

VERB + TENURE have She had a long tenure of office.

PREP. during sb's ~ He achieved a lot during his short tenure.

PHRASES a tenure of office

2 legal right to occupy property/land

ADJ. life, secure | fixed-period | housing, land | feudal, freehold

PHRASES security of tenure The tenants have security of tenure.

3 right to remain permanently in your job

ADJ. academic

VERB + TENURE have | get | grant sb She has been granted tenure at Leeds University.