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

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 Trump has repeatedly elevated lower-level staffers to bigger jobs when openings occur, rather than look to establishment Washington for outside hires. Sarah Westwood, CNN, "White House struggles to replace departing staff," 15 June 2018 Recent hires by Spotify include Tom Connaughton, who joined from Vevo to take up the role of head of artist and label marketing, reporting to Troy Carter. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Spotify Exodus Continues With Departures of Mark Williamson & George Ergatoudis," 14 June 2018 He was later credited with increasing minority hire by the city. Tom Kizzia, Anchorage Daily News, "Who killed Carlos Medina?," 25 Apr. 2018 The city hopes to conduct interviews and have a selection for hire by mid-March, just prior to the chief’s retirement date. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Lawrenceville begins search for new chief of police," 18 Jan. 2018 About 9% of workers employed in the for-hire trucking industry are covered by union contracts, compared with 60% to 70% before deregulation, said Michael Belzer, an associate professor of economics at Wayne State University in Michigan. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Trucker YRC, Teamsters Tumble Toward Contract Deadline," 20 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The overall pace of logistics hiring slowed during the first quarter. Jennifer Smith, WSJ, "Truckers Cut Payrolls As Freight Demand Softens," 5 Apr. 2019 Ethiopian-Israelis’ lives have been far from easy in Israel, marked heavily by economic disadvantage and pervasive discrimination that includes hiring bias, random identification checks, and police brutality. Vogue, "Eden Dersso Is the Changing Face of Tel Aviv’s Hip-Hop Scene," 2 Apr. 2019 When non-disabled people hire people with down syndrome to bypass long waits in lines for rides at amusement parks, they aren’t held accountable. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "The College Admissions Scandal Could Have Lasting Impacts for Disabled People," 13 Mar. 2019 Indeed, no engine in production could meet the specifications Aston laid out for the Valkyrie, so the automaker hired Cosworth, the famous British engineering firm that specializes in high-performance and racing engines, to build one from scratch. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Pride of the Valkyries," 29 Jan. 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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