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 Jennifer Vickers had disclosed her criminal history when she was hired and Dykes, as HR chief, had signed off on the hire. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "The most-read Cuyahoga County government stories of 2019 (jail and criminal probe aside)," 28 Dec. 2019 Law enforcement authorities stepped up their attention to Christmastime attacks a year ago, pre-emptively seizing the domains of 15 DDoS-for-hire services and announcing criminal charges against three people less than a week before the holiday. David Ingram, NBC News, "How Christmas became one of the biggest days of the year for hackers," 24 Dec. 2019 Kapler struck me as an appalling hire, just from the risk factor, and some people won’t ever let go of that. Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Kapler needs to win, quickly: But how?," 15 Nov. 2019 After years of bland hires, the SEC is starting to feel fun again. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Troll Tide Troll: In Lane Kiffin, Ole Miss has their modern-day rebel," 13 Dec. 2019 Katy Fire Department In announcing the Katy Fire Department’s firefighter of the year, Fire Chief Russell Wilson called attention to his date of hire: Oct. 29, 2018. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "American Legion shines spotlight on Katy first responders," 12 Dec. 2019 Among a series of new hires, Dr. Cynthia Woods started as medical director three weeks ago. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s Open Cities Health Center, serving 10,000 low-income patients, says it will run out of money Jan. 1," 10 Dec. 2019 The one-year retention rate of new hires who completed the program rose to over 90%, compared with about 60% among those who didn’t participate, Ford says. Liz Weston, chicagotribune.com, "Liz Weston: How employers help workers save for rainy days," 10 Dec. 2019 Some of Crimson's hires have been 17- or 18-year-old college freshmen. Chris Quintana, USA TODAY, "This Harvard grad has made millions on U.S. college admissions for international students," 9 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb BlueCrew has always hired its workers as employees. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "How AB5 affects gig rivals: One gets more business, one exits California," 13 Jan. 2020 Miele Manufacturing has hired prominent lobbyists and lawyers, including a former congressman, and assembled more than $270,000 for campaign donations to make its case. Washington Post, "Fight over cash-paying video games hits crucial stretch," 11 Jan. 2020 The city of Anchorage has hired Kate Vogel, a senior assistant attorney general for the state, to run its Department of Law, according to a statement Friday from the mayor’s office. Aubrey Wieber, Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage hires state assistant attorney general as city’s top lawyer," 11 Jan. 2020 Some former students have hired attorneys and are reviewing their options. oregonlive, "Catlin Gabel’s dirty secret: Former schoolgirls go public for first time about private school’s dark side," 11 Jan. 2020 Since entering the race in November, Bloomberg has rapidly hired more than 800 staffers, including 500 field organizers and staff in more than 30 states and another 300 staffers in his campaign’s New York headquarters. NBC News, "Bloomberg to fund sizable campaign effort through November even if he loses Democratic nomination," 10 Jan. 2020 Mississippi State has hired veteran coach Mike Leach to lead its football program, the school announced Thursday. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Mike Leach headed to Mississippi State," 9 Jan. 2020 Sultenfuss has hired Adam Monaco, a general contractor and insurance adjuster, to help handle the claim with USAA. Patrick Danner, ExpressNews.com, "April hailstorm still causing hassles for some Dominion homeowners," 9 Jan. 2020 Editor’s note: Mike McCarthy has been hired as Dallas Cowboys’ next head coach. Hannah Evans, Dallas News, "Mike McCarthy is chosen as Jason Garrett’s replacement. Here’s a look back at Dallas’ reaction to each new coaching announcement," 6 Jan. 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

15 Jan 2020

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“Hire.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hired. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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More Definitions for hire

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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