hire

noun
\ˈhī(-ə)r \

Definition of hire 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : payment for the temporary use of something

b : payment for labor or personal services : wages

2a : the act or an instance of hiring (see hire entry 2) laws regarding the hire of workers

b : the state of being hired : employment

3 British : rental the hire of equipment often used attributively a hire car

4 : one who is hired starting wage for the new hires

for hire or less commonly on hire

: available for use or service in return for payment They have boats for hire. willing to do farm work for hire

hire

verb
hired; hiring

Definition of hire (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

2 : to grant the personal services of or temporary use of for a fixed sum hire themselves out

3 : to get done for pay hire the mowing done

intransitive verb

: to take employment hire out as a guide during the tourist season

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Other Words from hire

Verb

hirer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hire

Synonyms: Noun

employ, employment, engagement

Synonyms: Verb

assume, employ, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], lay on [chiefly British], pay, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take on

Antonyms: Noun

joblessness, nonemployment, unemployment

Antonyms: Verb

ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack

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Verb

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

Examples of hire in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

She had very little office experience, so the company wouldn't hire her. We hired someone to clean the office once a week. The company isn't hiring right now.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Leon's arrest affidavit indicates he was associated with the planning of the murder-for-hire. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Third suspect in Texas teen's alleged murder-for-hire plot of father is arrested," 13 July 2018 The Huskies’ new hire is trying to reverse bad habits and promote a competitive culture that starts in the film room, continues in the weight room and spills onto the court, in that order. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "UConn Insider Podcast: How The Fracture Of Kevin Ollie And His Alma Mater Became A Full-Fledged Feud," 3 July 2018 According to East Pittsburgh Mayor Louis Payne, Rosfeld was a recent hire who had been sworn in just hours before the shooting. Paula Rogo, Essence.com, "Police Officer That Fatally Shot Antwon Rose Charged with Homicide," 27 June 2018 Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra is also a part-owner of Louisville City, and the university's facility discussions with Louisville City began around the time of Tyra's permanent hire in March. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "LouCity is winning at Lynn Stadium - so why didn't this happen sooner?," 18 June 2018 In 2017, women hires in tech positions rose to 24.5% (+1 ppt), although overall hiring of women dropped from 31.4% to 31.2% (-0.2 ppts). Terrell Jermaine Starr, The Root, "Google Has A Hard Time Keeping Black Employees," 16 June 2018 The Weather Service has since October hired 71 people in meteorological positions and will finalize about 30 to 40 additional hires in the next month. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: National Weather Service makes dozens of hires as new hurricane season begins," 4 June 2018 In May, Crain’s Chicago Business reported that Facebook has been poaching recruiters from other Chicago companies so the social media company can make hundreds of new hires in the city. Ryan Ori, chicagotribune.com, "Facebook, Google planning big Chicago office expansions," 1 June 2018 That process continued Monday with the announcement of Steele's first confirmed assistant coaching hire in Jonas Hayes, formerly of the Georgia Bulldogs men's basketball staff, to work primarily with the Musketeers' bigs. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Travis Steele taps Jonas Hayes to join Xavier basketball coaching staff," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Remember, employers hire employees — the resume is merely an introduction. Pattie Hunt Sinacole, BostonGlobe.com, "How many different resumes should you have?," 14 July 2018 Mark Willes, who was hired as chief executive of Times Mirror in 1995, had the Picassos and other artwork removed from the dining rooms and replaced with photography and other items that celebrated the work of Times journalists. Daniel Miller, latimes.com, "Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?," 12 July 2018 In addition, the university promised to institute new practices to insure the integrity of its rankings data, hire new employees to help in the effort, and train staff. Susan Snyder, Philly.com, "In wake of biz school scandal, Temple faces more scrutiny for data falsification," 11 July 2018 Records kept by the state Personnel Board show that both Dunn and Austin were direct care workers hired in April 2017. Jeff Amy, Fox News, "2 ex-workers charged in World War II veteran's 2017 death," 10 July 2018 Credit Suisse Group AG had offered to hire more than 100 employees at the request of foreign officials between 2007 and 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission said. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 6 July 2018 The Aggies, who hired Fisher from Florida State in December, report for camp in early August and open their season on Aug. 30 against Northwestern (La.) State at Kyle Field. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M secondary taking shape in class of 2019," 5 July 2018 The new vendor, Scope Anesthesia of North Carolina, is blocked from hiring employees who worked under the Southeast contract by noncompete clauses. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "The extent of anesthesiology layoffs at Atrium hospitals is detailed for first time," 3 July 2018 The company has already hired about 70 employees in the area and plans a total 250 positions for the new location near Lee's Summit's Summit Fair shopping center. Allison Kite, kansascity, "New York-based company plants flag in Lee’s Summit, with 250 jobs planned," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of hire

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for hire

Noun

Middle English, from Old English hȳr; akin to Old Saxon hūria hire

Verb

see hire entry 1

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More Definitions for hire

hire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone who has been hired for a job

hire

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hire (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)

hire

verb
\ˈhīr \
hired; hiring

Kids Definition of hire

1 : employ entry 1 sense 1 The company hired new workers.

2 : to get the temporary use of in return for pay They hired a hall for the party.

3 : to take a job He hired out as a cook.

hire

noun

Legal Definition of hire 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : payment for the temporary use of something or for labor or services

2a : the act or an instance of hiring from the date of hire until now

b : the state of being hired : employment while he was in the hire of the defendant

3 : one who is hired all new hires will enjoy the same medical benefits

for hire

: available for use or service in return for payment

hire

verb
hired; hiring

Legal Definition of hire (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to engage the personal services of or the temporary use of for a fixed sum

2 : to grant the personal services of or the temporary use of

intransitive verb

: to take employment

Other Words from hire

hirer noun

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