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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Verb

hirer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hire

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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 Fritz Pollard Alliance, which advocates on behalf of minority coaches, called out Meyer for the hire. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Several NFL franchise quarterbacks want trades after Tom Brady showed them the way," 13 Feb. 2021 Wilson reports the Texans did reach out to Watson about the Culley hire. Matt Young, Chron, "Report: Deshaun Watson has asked the Texans to trade him," 28 Jan. 2021 That seems kind of backward: rewarding the team that develops the candidates rather than incentivizing the team that is making the hire. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "NFL disappoints yet again with failure to hire more Black coaches," 28 Jan. 2021 The high school announced the hire on its Facebook page. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Longtime Thomasville football coach Jack Hankins Jr. hired at Wayne County, Miss.," 26 Jan. 2021 The hire marks a homecoming of sorts for Vlasov, who was executive director, Universal Music Russia until 2019 before leaving to serve as COO for the Russian football team FC Spartak Moscow. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Former RCA Co-Prez's New Venture, Universal Music Names Russia Chief," 22 Jan. 2021 The other defender who stands to benefit from the Quinn hire is Donovan Wilson, who was another bright spot last season. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 2 Cowboys defenders who stand to benefit the most from new DC Dan Quinn," 15 Jan. 2021 The hire is part of a plan to evolve WPP’s creative strategy and combine creative and digital expertise, said Mr. Read. Alexandra Bruell, WSJ, "WPP Names Rob Reilly Global Chief Creative Officer," 14 Jan. 2021 The other key hire announced Thursday was Walker, who as campaign manager for Williams helped guide him to a decisive victory over Landrum despite opposition from most of the city’s political establishment. Matt Sledge, NOLA.com, "New Orleans DA Jason Williams names top deputies; fate of office's current staff still unclear," 14 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Orchestras have a responsibility to commission composers of color, to program works by such composers from earlier times, and to hire Black and Latino conductors and soloists — and empower them to leave their mark on programming. New York Times, "Notes Toward Reinventing the American Orchestra," 12 Feb. 2021 And should the board have the power to hire and fire the MBTA’s general manager? Adam Vaccaro, BostonGlobe.com, "Baker tries again to set up new board to oversee the MBTA," 30 Jan. 2021 The move could help Rackspace free up cash flow to hire and expand. Brandon Lingle, ExpressNews.com, "Rackspace refinancing nearly $2.9B in debt," 26 Jan. 2021 Some of the companies also pledged to hire more women and to invest in Black and diverse businesses and communities. Chase Difeliciantonio, SFChronicle.com, "Expensify to donate about $3 million to lessen gender pay gap," 18 Jan. 2021 Funds would have been used to hire a speech therapist and provide tuition support for students. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "100+ Women Who Care Medina donates to Medina Cares," 15 Jan. 2021 Restaurants that were able to stay open had to hire and rehire employees and remain partially open while generating less revenue. Bethany Blankley, Washington Examiner, "Lockdowns continuing throughout Texas impact small businesses, restaurant and beverage industry most," 8 Jan. 2021 The group meets monthly to share tips, including how to get a business off the ground, hire lawyers and acquire venture capital. Mariel Padilla, USA TODAY, "‘It’s never too late’: Entrepreneurial spirit drives older women," 6 Jan. 2021 In their detailed presentation, the activists urged Macmillan to hire more Latinx editors and to start an apprenticeship program to attract new talent. Lila Shapiro, Vulture, "Blurbed to Death," 5 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of hire was before the 12th century

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20 Feb 2021

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“Hire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hire. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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