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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Other Words from hire

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 That wasn’t a popular hire, that’s a tough Spartans team, and Edwards’ Sun Devils head into Pac-12 play at 3-0. Albert Breer, SI.com, "Brees and Big Ben Concerns, the Ryan-Julio Hookup, Dak’s Magic and Poised Josh Allen: Week 2 in the NFL," 16 Sep. 2019 Chief technology officer Jim Gochee was one of New Relic’s first hires and a key reason why the company made the unusual decision to base its engineering department in Portland shortly after its founding a little more than a decade ago. Mike Rogoway, oregonlive, "New Relic’s top Portland exec quits as outlook cools again," 16 Sep. 2019 Kustok in particular could have been a statement-making hire for the franchise. Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers’ broadcast team search after Ralph Lawler’s retirement wasn’t straightforward," 15 Sep. 2019 Kliff Kingsbury was a strange hire for the Cards, who gave their last coach one year before giving him the heave-ho. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Stoetzer: This season, the Ravens will finish ...," 7 Sep. 2019 About half of the staff will be new hires, Berends said. Robert Channick, chicagotribune.com, "In search of a healthier Slim Jim: Conagra to build new snacking innovation center in Chicago," 4 Sep. 2019 Meggie was a fairly new hire and Miller didn’t have much experience, yet they were left to care for the most vulnerable and seriously ill residents on the second floor, where temperatures soared. Megan O'matz, sun-sentinel.com, "Bonds set for three employees charged in deaths at sweltering Hollywood nursing home," 27 Aug. 2019 Must be a local tri-state hire and also must be Kevin James. Keaton Patti, The New Yorker, "Commercial Casting Breakdowns," 16 Aug. 2019 Jablow said Bartness is the first internal hire to be promoted through a new program designed to encourage internal candidates to apply for open positions. Jessica Anderson, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police major named to oversee training academy," 23 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This compares well with the cost of buying an item from a fast-fashion retailer, and could persuade consumers to switch from wardrobing to hiring. Washington Post, "The Future of Fashion Is a Rented Dress," 18 Sep. 2019 In August, two of his aides were convicted of extortion and conspiracy to commit extortion for trying to strong-arm music festival organizers into hiring union labor. BostonGlobe.com, "is taking an unpaid leave," 15 Sep. 2019 Dorsey fixed the front office by hiring Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith as his assistant general managers. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "‘1-goal. Trust. 6:15 AM. Don’t be scared.’ And more words John Dorsey lives by as he rebuilds the Browns — Terry Pluto," 8 Sep. 2019 As of 2016, while there were still 69 women to 209 men on the HBS faculty, Frei had led the school in hiring equal levels of men and women for three years running—a first in the school’s history. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "WeWork’s new board member has a history of reforming sexist cultures," 6 Sep. 2019 When Trump announced a ban on U.S. visitors from seven predominantly Muslim countries in January 2017, Schultz announced a company goal of hiring 10,000 refugees in stores around the world. Greg Jaffe, Anchorage Daily News, "Former Starbucks CEO Schultz says he won’t run for president," 6 Sep. 2019 Ford said the effort to create the combined recruitment system delayed a new round of hiring until next year. Baltimore Sun Staff, baltimoresun.com, "Facing staffing shortages, Baltimore fire chief plans to combine recruiting of firefighter and EMTs," 5 Sep. 2019 The Portland Bureau of Transportation has found that more than a hundred drivers for the rideshare companies Uber and Lyft should not have been hired, after finding criminal records or driving history for those people. oregonlive, "168 Uber and Lyft drivers have records that should have precluded hiring, KGW reports," 17 Sep. 2019 The city of Vallejo on Friday announced that a new police chief has been hired to lead a department that has been in turmoil in recent years. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Vallejo selects Shawny Williams as new police chief," 13 Sep. 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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The first known use of hire was before the 12th century

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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

hirer noun

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