- The act or process of maintaining possession of something for a specific period, or the right to do so
- A specific status given to a teacher often after a trial period, which safeguards them from being fired unless due to lack of skills, serious wrongdoing, or financial need
- The professor's tenure at the university spanned four decades.
- The board wanted to dismiss the teacher but could not due to her tenure rights.
- After a successful probationary period, the teacher was granted tenure.