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

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 Brad Townsend breaks down Jason Kidd’s NBA career with the impending hire of the former point guard as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas News, 25 June 2021 Like the hire of Willie Bloomquist for the Sun Devils? Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 11 June 2021 Monumental Basketball announced the hire, saying Evans would oversee its research department, supporting the Wizards, the WNBA’s Washington Mystics, the G League’s Capital City Go-Go and Wizards District Gaming. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 The timing for growth was fortuitously timed following the hire of Jeff Henretig, who Apothecanna appointed as president in July 2020. Katie Shapiro, Forbes, 24 May 2021 The Pac-12 Conference announced the hire of new commissioner George Kliavkoff on Thursday. John Canzano, oregonlive, 13 May 2021 Teen Vogue named NowThis managing editor Versha Sharma editor-in-chief, following the botched hire of Alexi McCammond. Fortune, 11 May 2021 The University of Akron officially announced the hire of Charles Guthrie as its new athletic director on Tuesday. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 4 May 2021 Mayor Jenny Wilson, who ratifies the hire of an executive director following a recommendation by the board, did not immediately provide comment Tuesday. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Surveyors such as Toso also look for Dakota skippers when energy companies hire them. Star Tribune, 12 July 2021 That has opened the door for Hilco and Gordon to run sales — not for the retailers that usually hire them but under their own nameplate. BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2021 The idea is to hire them before another employer can. Paul Wiseman And Joseph Pisani, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 July 2021 The idea is to hire them before another employer can. Paul Wiseman, Anchorage Daily News, 7 July 2021 The idea is to hire them before another employer can. Joseph Pisani, Fortune, 6 July 2021 And the industries that are trying to hire them back are having trouble scaling up because of a labor shortage and the slowness of customers to return to their old habits. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 28 June 2021 Many point to the failure of teams to hire him as emblematic of a major problem for a league that preaches diversity but has only three Black head coaches. Rob Maaddi, ajc, 24 June 2021 Guido’s contract with SD Loyal would allow an MLS club to hire him this season. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 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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14 Jul 2021

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“Hire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hire. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for hire

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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