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