hire

noun
\ ˈhī(-ə)r How to pronounce hire (audio) \

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

charter, engage, lease, rent

Antonyms: Noun

joblessness, nonemployment, unemployment

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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

The value of medallions crashed with the advent of tens of thousands of competing app-based for-hire vehicles since 2014. Washington Post, "Microsoft, hospital chain reach cloud deal," 9 July 2019 Some new hires are relocating from places like Chicago and California. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Troy business is a world leader in hemp extraction," 3 July 2019 Other for-hire vehicles, including Uber and Lyft, would pay $4 to pick up as well as to drop off passengers. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Port Authority Plans Toll, Fare Hikes on Crossings and PATH Train," 25 June 2019 The new hire will have just over a year to prepare to replace one of the most powerful people in college sports. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump meets with Theresa May, Tiananmen Square protests 30 years later: 5 things to know Tuesday," 4 June 2019 One of the new hires is from Amazon — the third former Amazon exec Snap has hired this year. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Twitter earnings, Why the stock market is falling," 25 Oct. 2018 The other new hires are Garrett Stephenson as office coordinator, Caylan Hays as sync licensing assistant, Kyle Coker as copyright assistant and Emily Stephenson as director, global client services. Lilly Milman, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Moves at Downtown Music and Lucky Bird Media," 29 June 2018 Related The New York City Taxi Workers Alliance, the local yellow cab union, has called for changes including capping the number of for-hire vehicles operating in the city. NBC News, "In the shadow of Uber's rise, taxi driver suicides leave cabbies shaken," 7 June 2018 The new hires will bring the stations up to full staffing. Kate Magill, Columbia Flier, "Howard County fire service looks to bolster its ranks, recruit 37 firefighters," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Brockway, authorities say, is the man who hired him to carry out the crime. Sarah Sarder, Dallas News, "In Collin County murder-for-hire trial, state calls on experts to prove man gave killer details for hit," 26 June 2019 Police aren't sure whether the voice on the audio recording is the same person who answered Margaret's newspaper ad and purportedly wanted to hire her to babysit his son, authorities said. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Do you recognize the voice of a man connected with a possible 1974 kidnapping? The FBI wants to know," 25 June 2019 When Tab Media hired her in late 2016 as an editor, Ross was just 23, and thrived in Babe’s frat-feminist environment. Amelia Harnish, refinery29.com, "Frat Feminism: Inside The Rise And Fall Of Babe.Net," 25 June 2019 Roker and Roberts first met as 1990, when Roberts was hired by NBC as a general-assignment reporter. Morgan Paige, Essence, "Al Roker Cheers On His Wife Deborah Roberts And Son Nick For A Good Cause," 24 June 2019 Rick Sund, former Detroit Pistons general manager, hired her as coach and general manager of the Detroit Shock in 1998. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "Former Shock coach Nancy Lieberman leads charge for women to head NBA teams," 23 June 2019 The Cincinnati Enquirer joined the Report For America program and hired me as a watchdog government reporter focused on Northern Kentucky. Julia Fair, Cincinnati.com, "Hello, Northern Kentucky. Let's talk about chili, schools, government and your lives," 23 June 2019 Muslims in Britain have over the years complained of bias in daily life and even in getting hired. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Liverpool’s Mo Salah is reducing Islamophobia in the UK one goal at a time," 20 June 2019 Walcott and Donze put advertisements in newspapers on behalf of their several fronts, lied to their pilots, or hired them for their schemes. Abeer Kapoor, Quartz India, "The fascinating story of an American smuggler’s daring escapades in 1960s India," 19 June 2019

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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 and Verb

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

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hire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US, informal : someone who has been hired for a job

hire

verb

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

chiefly US : 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
chiefly British : to pay to use (something)

hire

verb
\ ˈhīr How to pronounce hire (audio) \
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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