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tenure

noun [U] uk   /ˈten.jər/ /-jʊər/ us    /-jɚ/ /-jʊr/ formal
being the legal owner of land, a job, or an official public position, or the period of time during which you own it: During his tenure as dean, he had a real influence on the students. the right to remain permanently in a job: She is one of the few lecturers in this department who has tenure. Tenure-track professors (= those likely to get tenure) who don't publish enough work may not be offered tenure.
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