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hire

noun \ ˈhī(-ə)r \
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of hire

1 a : payment for the temporary use of something
b : payment for labor or personal services : wages
2 a : the act or an instance of hiring (see 2hire)
  • 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

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.

Recent Examples of hire from the Web

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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; hiring
transitive verb
1 a : 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

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.

Recent Examples of hire from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of hire

see 1hire

hire Synonyms

Synonyms
charter, engage, lease, rent
Antonyms
ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack
Related Words
sublease, sublet; check out; arrange (for), bespeak, book, contract (for), order, reserve, sign up (for)
Near Antonyms
furlough, lay off, lock out

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

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

verb \ ˈhīr \

Definition of hire for Students

hired; hiring
1 : 1employ 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.

Law Dictionary

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hire

noun

legal Definition of hire

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

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hire

verb

legal Definition of hire

hired; hiring
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

hirer

noun


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