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 attributivelya 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 Replacing him is the very first hire Weiner made after joining the professional-networking site as interim president at the end of 2008. Michelle Cheng, Quartz at Work, "LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner will be replaced by his first hire at the company," 5 Feb. 2020 Roger Worak is an interesting hire since food in stores is becoming a bigger focus for retailers. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "J.C. Penney CEO Jill Soltau brings in more outside talent to round out executive team," 3 Feb. 2020 In years to come, there may be too few strong hires rising through the ranks. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Shortage of city-manager candidates has Detroit suburb delaying search," 3 Feb. 2020 The biggest giveaway that Apple truly is working on satellite tech is a few new key hires across network communications, aerospace, and content delivery. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Everything You Need to Know About Apple's Secret Satellite Project," 2 Feb. 2020 For the Beavers, Jonathan Smith is looking to be a solid hire. oregonlive, "How Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith compares to others FBS coaches hired for 2018 season," 28 Jan. 2020 Kelly was a candidate for the San Francisco Giants' pitching coach job in December, but Andrew Bailey was the hire. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "With top-10 national buzz, ASU baseball seeks first College World Series berth since 2010," 24 Jan. 2020 Bloom said Major League Baseball’s investigation into the 2018 Red Sox will not dictate the club’s timing on a hire. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, "Chaim Bloom tight-lipped on Red Sox search for manager," 23 Jan. 2020 Not all of these government workers were new hires. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "Brexit has reversed a decades-long drop in the size of the UK’s civil service," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Journal and Frontline later reported that the agency had hired dozens of doctors with track records of malpractice, licensure sanctions and even criminal convictions who went on to harm patients at IHS hospitals. Christopher Weaver, WSJ, "Doctor Sentenced to Five Lifetime Terms for Sexually Abusing Boys," 11 Feb. 2020 Not hiring extra employees or middle management meant operations were lean. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "'My family runs a business differently than others.' Central Arizona Supply builds business slow and steady," 9 Feb. 2020 Beekman’s journey to Cincinnati – where MSU hired Dantonio away from in 2006 – comes after Colorado coach Mel Tucker pulled his name out of the running. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football lands in Cincinnati to interview Luke Fickell," 9 Feb. 2020 Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who hired Mendoza as an adviser last season, cast her departure as a function of time management. Peter Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Baseball scouts weigh in on Alex Verdugo," 8 Feb. 2020 One Whiteland student started an internship at the Indy South Greenwood Airport and has since been hired. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "This Indiana high school could be a model for the rest of the country in Trump's plan," 7 Feb. 2020 The test flight was a milestone in NASA’s commercial crew program, which has hired Boeing and SpaceX to build and operate spacecraft to carry astronauts to the International Space Station. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Boeing’s spacecraft test failure points to broader problems," 7 Feb. 2020 Companies hiring fresh-out-of-school workers have shifted their benefits packages, tailoring them to the crisis by offering to pay off student loans in lieu of higher salaries or better health care packages. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Radical Possibilities of Not Paying Your Student Loans," 7 Feb. 2020 That would be below the monthly average hiring growth of the past two years, but enough to reduce the unemployment rate over time. Harold Maass, TheWeek, "February 7, 2020," 7 Feb. 2020

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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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Last Updated

12 Feb 2020

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“Hire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hire?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=hire0001. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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hire

noun
How to pronounce hire (audio)

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

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