noun \ˈhī(-ə)r\

: someone who has been hired for a job

Full Definition of HIRE

a :  payment for the temporary use of something
b :  payment for labor or personal services :  wages
a :  the act or an instance of hiring
b :  the state of being hired :  employment
British :  rental —often used attributively
:  one who is hired <starting wage for the new hires>
for hire also on hire
:  available for use or service in return for payment

Examples of HIRE

  1. The company has a few new hires.
  2. The hire of a car and other equipment will of course incur a supplementary charge.

Origin of HIRE

Middle English, from Old English hȳr; akin to Old Saxon hūria hire
First Known Use: before 12th century



: to give work or a job to (someone) in exchange for wages or a salary

: to use or get the services of (someone) to do a particular job

: to pay to use (something)


Full Definition of HIRE

transitive verb
a :  to engage the personal services of for a set sum <hire a crew>
b :  to engage the temporary use of for a fixed sum <hire a hall>
:  to grant the personal services of or temporary use of for a fixed sum <hire themselves out>
:  to get done for pay <hire the mowing done>
intransitive verb
:  to take employment <hire out as a guide during the tourist season>
hir·er noun

Examples of HIRE

  1. She had very little office experience, so the company wouldn't hire her.
  2. We hired someone to clean the office once a week.
  3. The company isn't hiring right now.

First Known Use of HIRE

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of HIRE

hire, let, lease, rent, charter mean to engage or grant for use at a price. hire and let, strictly speaking, are complementary terms, hire implying the act of engaging or taking for use and let the granting of use <we hired a car for the summer> <decided to let the cottage to a young couple>. lease strictly implies a letting under the terms of a contract but is often applied to hiring on a lease <the diplomat leased an apartment for a year>. rent stresses the payment of money for the full use of property and may imply either hiring or letting <instead of buying a house, they decided to rent> <will not rent to families with children>. charter applies to the hiring or letting of a vehicle usually for exclusive use <charter a bus to go to the game>.

Rhymes with HIRE

HIRE Defined for Kids


verb \ˈhīr\

Definition of HIRE for Kids

:  1employ 1 <The company hired new workers.>
:  to get the temporary use of in return for pay <They hired a hall for the party.>
:  to take a job <He hired out as a cook.>


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