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

Here, four entrepreneurs in the category, from puppy parties and teacup pig parties to bridesmaids for hire, weigh in on the trend. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "We Can't Photoshop Our Way to Diversity: The Broadsheet," 13 June 2019 Issa was charged in a complicated murder-for-hire plot that resulted in the death of Maher Khrais, a grocery store owner, and his brother Zaid Khreis. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Man on death row for 1997 murder could be set free, sent home to Jordan," 3 June 2019 Most of the hires over the last 10 years had, in fact, been men, and the algorithm began taking this into account. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Amazon Fired Its Resume-Reading AI for Sexism," 10 Oct. 2018 Mary Ritti, one of Snap’s earliest hires, is following the heads of strategy and finance out the door. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook is pushing out its most creative skeptics," 28 Sep. 2018 Pollak also said that while U.S. steel companies may become more profitable as a result of the tariffs, that doesn't mean those profits will trickle down to employees in the form of new hires or raises. Karen Caffarini, Post-Tribune, "As tariffs begin, Northwest Indiana auto workers and farmers share concerns," 10 July 2018 For the coming school year, more than 44 percent of new hires for the high school alone will be people of color, according to district officials. Story Hinckley, The Christian Science Monitor, "Next up for men of color? A place at the front of the classroom.," 28 June 2018 Despite decades of initiatives to increase diversity among corporate leaders, the percentage of female leadership hires has remained relatively stagnant. Bev Perdue, Fortune, "Why Can’t Companies Break the Cycle of All-Male Leadership?," 26 June 2018 Many of these new hires were students from Harding High School who came with a program that connects students with jobs at SteelFab. Myah Ward, charlotteobserver, "New Charlotte program offers free construction skills training for students and adults," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Big employers such as Oracle, Intel and IBM are hiring there, said Terminal founder Dylan Serota, whose San Francisco company helps startups build remote engineering teams. Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "Mexicans have a special route to the US job market. Trade wars could close it off," 16 June 2019 Aupetit has also invited some of the workers hired to rebuild the church. Fox News, "Notre-Dame to celebrate first Mass since April fire," 15 June 2019 The Associated Press reported that Harley was under investigation for allegedly spending excessively, abusing his hiring authority and behaving inappropriately, including keeping a margarita machine in his office. Washington Post, "First woman to lead U.S. Naval War College," 15 June 2019 Staffing for success When looking for new remote team members, there are specific skills hiring managers should seek out, says Wolfe. Jenna Schnuer, Fortune, "Turn Remote Worker Pains Into Possibilities With a Pairing of Tech and Talk," 15 June 2019 The Warriors have a majority owner in Joe Lacob, who has remained intent on spending money and hiring the best people. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Is this end of the Warriors’ dynasty? Steve Kerr says ‘no’," 15 June 2019 ABC News, which hired Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a contributor last year, is not interested in her services, a network source tells The Hollywood Reporter. Jeremy Barr, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Sarah Huckabee Sanders End Up on Television?," 14 June 2019 Jones and Roberts hired a British designer named Alister MacKenzie to lay out a course, and Roberts set about building a membership. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 There are three pieces to putting on fireworks: hiring the company to do the display, buying insurance and paying for police and fire departments to staff the event. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Grand Old Day Anyway duo wants to bring back St. Paul fireworks," 14 June 2019

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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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