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

Uber’s other co-founder, Garrett Camp, and the company’s first hire, Ryan Graves, stayed to help ring the bell that marked the opening of Uber’s trading. Corrie Driebusch And Maureen Farrell, WSJ, "Uber’s High-Profile IPO Upsets With Weak Debut," 10 May 2019 Faced with the current and potential future vacancies, the White House has been quietly reaching out to prospective hires, advertising vacant positions on job websites and considering ways to consolidate different jobs. Sarah Westwood, CNN, "White House struggles to replace departing staff," 15 June 2018 Surridge was a surprise hire in 2017, a menswear designer enlisted to revive a brand long identified with a sultry sort of bohemianism. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Paul Surridge Is Out at Roberto Cavalli. What’s Next for the Italian Brand?," 25 Mar. 2019 Diego Bassante, an Ecuadorian diplomat who left his post in 2014 to join Facebook, was the first Latin American hire in what was then a tiny division focused on helping candidates and governments across the world become power users of the service. chicagotribune.com, "Facebook's battle against fake news reaches Mexico ahead of July 1 election," 23 June 2018 Bolton was the latest hire in a national security shakeup that also involves a new secretary of State and CIA director. Margaret Hartmann, Daily Intelligencer, "NSC Spokesman Exits as National Security Adviser John Bolton Arrives," 9 Apr. 2018 The new minimum compensation rule will be adopted within 75 days, increasing the take-home pay of for-hire vehicles by more than $6,000 a year, according to the mayor. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Mayor de Blasio Signs Bills Capping Expansion of Uber and Lyft Vehicles," 14 Aug. 2018 The union is fighting proposals that would increase health care costs and reduce benefits for new hires, including replacing pensions with 401(k) plans. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "Locked out, National Grid workers grapple with loss of income, health insurance," 11 July 2018 When negotiating the contract in 2013, Ledwith said the town and union leaders disagreed on language about how overtime would be included in pension payments for hires before 2006. Mikaela Porter, Courant Community, "Five Years Without A Contract, West Hartford Police, Town Agree To New Wage, Health Insurance, Pension Plans," 27 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

By that same token, New York Fashion Week’s over-18 policy only came after the CFDA and Vogue united to pledge to only hire models who fit the bill. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Kering Commits to Using Models Over 18: Will the Rest of the Fashion World Follow Suit?," 15 May 2019 Since Wright passed away in 1959, the families decided to go with the next best things and hire Berndtson, a former Taliesin apprentice. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "A Frank Lloyd Wright resort in Pennsylvania adds a new home," 3 May 2019 Church hired family friend Calvert Vaux (who was working on the buildings of Central Park at the time) to design the Persian palace of his dreans. Cator Sparks, House Beautiful, "The Fascinating History Behind This Moorish-Style Home in Upstate New York," 3 May 2019 The meetings are often held later in the evenings so that the men can first feed their children and put them to bed, and if Liz is busy on men’s group night, Randy will hire a babysitter. Melanie Hamlett, Harper's BAZAAR, "Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden," 2 May 2019 In 2016, Kardashian hired Kim Kimble (who just happens to be Beyoncé's hairstylist) to teach her how to style North's hair. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Watch Kylie Jenner Learn How to Style Daughter Stormi's Hair in Sweet New Video," 8 Apr. 2019 Advertising Nebraska has had a history of hiring hot mid-major coaches — Danny Nee in 1986, Barry Collier in 2000, Doc Sadler in 2006 and Miles in 2012. Eric Olson, The Seattle Times, "Ex-Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg hired at struggling Nebraska," 30 Mar. 2019 But in 2019, the WHCA is breaking with tradition, and has asked historian Ron Chernow to give a speech instead of hiring a comic to front the evening. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Historian Ron Chernow Will Speak at the 2019 White House Correspondents' Dinner," 19 Nov. 2018 Turns out regulations need to be followed This strategy of hiring former public policy experts to help a private firm shape legislation and regulation is, of course, not a new one. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Scooter companies, seeking to shape regulations, hire transit advocates," 17 Oct. 2018

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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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