hire

1 of 2

noun

1
a
: payment for the temporary use of something
b
: payment for labor or personal services : wages
2
a
: 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

hire

2 of 2

verb

hired; hiring

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
hirer noun
Phrases
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
Choose the Right Synonym for hire

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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Back in Las Vegas, Raiders coach Josh McDaniels, who famously backed out of the Colts gig a few years ago, leading to Reich’s hire, fell to 2-7 with the loss, his sixth by one score. Arnie Stapelton, Chicago Tribune, 15 Nov. 2022 The Rooney Rule is impotent, but please explain how it can be applied to an interim coaching hire? Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Nov. 2022 Made it to Don Sweeney’s short list prior to the Montgomery hire. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Aug. 2022 This reduces turnover risk, drives down hiring costs and decreases time-to-hire. Eric Friedman, Forbes, 7 June 2022 When Colorado cybersecurity startup Automox announced layoffs in April, a member shared a spreadsheet of affected employees, leading to at least one hire elsewhere, according to Gianna Whitver, another of the group’s co-founders. Lindsay Ellis, WSJ, 31 May 2022 More:Social media reacts to the expected hire of Kenny Payne as U of L's next basketball coach Payne's father, who was a coach and teacher, is proud of his son. Lici Beveridge, The Courier-Journal, 17 Mar. 2022 Hartline’s promotion, while deserved, may also be a corollary to the pending hire of an offensive line coach to replace Greg Studrawa. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 9 Jan. 2022 According to the Daily News, the highest Christmas bonus given to employees prior to Judge's hire was $80,000 in 2019 to 30 staff members. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, 25 Dec. 2021
Verb
El Cajon probably won’t be able to hire more police officers, bring on new firefighters and spend additional millions on street repairs and homelessness — all promises made by council members if they were annually given another $12 million. Blake Nelson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2022 The incident shines a harsh light on the sometimes cozy relationships that develop between officers and high-profile community members, some of whom hire off-duty officers for bodyguards. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2022 However, other city councilors, including Council President Ed Flynn, view the urgent demand to fill detail slots as a call to hire more police officers. Ivy Scott, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2022 In July, it was announced that Beachwood police would receive $559,073 in federal American Rescue Plan Act money, as disbursed by the office of Gov. Mike DeWine, to hire two new officers. cleveland, 4 Nov. 2022 The department is on pace to hire 280 officers this year, but training takes a year. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 1 Nov. 2022 Speaking of outlets — sometimes the only way to create a logical place for a television is to hire an electrician to add a new outlet. Maya Pottiger, Washington Post, 25 Oct. 2022 Plans are underway to hire a private company to build a new water plant at an estimated cost of $514 million. Susannah Bryan, Sun Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2022 From there, the plan is to hire an engineering company to tell the board where best to drill new test wells and guide them toward figuring out a solution to the lake contamination problem. Keely Larson, The New Republic, 31 Aug. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hire.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English hȳr; akin to Old Saxon hūria hire

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of hire was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near hire

Cite this Entry

“Hire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hire. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

hire 1 of 2

noun

1
a
: payment for temporary use
b
: payment for services : wages
2
a
: the act of hiring
b
: the state of being hired : employment

hire

2 of 2

verb

hired; hiring
1
: employ entry 1 sense 2
hire a new crew
2
: to get the temporary use of for a set sum
hire a hall
3
: to take a job
hired out as a cook
hirer noun

Legal Definition

hire 1 of 2

noun

1
: payment for the temporary use of something or for labor or services
2
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

hired; hiring

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
hirer noun

More from Merriam-Webster on hire

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ