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hire

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noun \ˈhī(-ə)r\

Definition of hire

  1. 1a :  payment for the temporary use of somethingb :  payment for labor or personal services :  wages

  2. 2a :  the act or an instance of hiring (see 2hire) laws regarding the hire of workersb :  the state of being hired :  employment

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

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

for hire

or less commonly

on hire

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

Examples of hire in a Sentence

  1. The company has a few new hires.

  2. The hire of a car and other equipment will of course incur a supplementary charge.

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Origin and Etymology of hire

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


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hire

verb

Definition of hire

hired

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hiring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to engage the personal services of for a set sum hire a crewb :  to engage the temporary use of for a fixed sum hire a hall

  3. 2 :  to grant the personal services of or temporary use of for a fixed sum hire themselves out

  4. 3 :  to get done for pay hire the mowing done

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to take employment hire out as a guide during the tourist season

hirer

noun

Examples of hire in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of hire

see 1hire

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


HIRE Defined for English Language Learners

hire

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noun

Definition of hire for English Language Learners

  • : someone who has been hired for a job

hire

verb

Definition of hire for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

hire

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verb \ˈhīr\

Definition of hire for Students

hired

;

hiring

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

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

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


Law Dictionary

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hire

noun

Legal Definition of hire

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

  2. 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. 3 :  one who is hired all new hires will enjoy the same medical benefits

for hire

  1. :  available for use or service in return for payment


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hire

verb

Legal Definition of hire

hired

hiring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to engage the personal services of or the temporary use of for a fixed sum

  3. 2 :  to grant the personal services of or the temporary use of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to take employment

hirer

noun


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