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

Their most recent hire is Fiona Mcilwham, who will serve as Markle and Harry's private secretary (basically their chief of staff). Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Make History by Hiring an All-Female Senior Staff," 20 Aug. 2019 DataRobot’s first international employee was its fifth hire, in Singapore, in 2013. Katie Johnston, BostonGlobe.com, "When coworkers are spread around the globe, it’s a different world," 18 Aug. 2019 After acquiring Favor last year, H-E-B beefed up its tech hires and is working to expand curbside pickup and grocery delivery services to 200 of its 400 stores by year’s end. Madison Iszler, ExpressNews.com, "H-E-B to hire 500 employees, build new San Antonio tech center," 7 Aug. 2019 Peperkorn had been principal at Pilgrim Park since 2015, according to information about his hire on the Hamilton district website, and before that was an associate principal at the school. Bob Dohr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Pilgrim Park principal was asked to accelerate his resignation after reading a confiscated book to staff," 24 July 2019 Five top-level staffers left in two months following his hire, although at least two of those were due to retirement. Gray Rohrer, orlandosentinel.com, "Ron Rubin, Florida finance chief, created 'intimidating, hostile’ workplace, probe finds," 17 July 2019 In the report, Uber chief diversity officer Bo Young Lee wrote that the goal is to expand the Rooney Rule approach to all its hires in the future. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "Uber will tie executive compensation to meeting diversity goals," 15 July 2019 Most of our professional hires in the United States are hired right off college campuses. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "ExxonMobil partners with Houston area nonprofits, provides internships for students," 8 July 2019 The other potential ballot measure, IP 23, would require the Oregon Legislature to study a new 401(k)-style plan for new hires and submit recommendations to implement it by 2022. oregonlive.com, "Business group moves forward on pension reform ballot measures," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The special election was ordered after an investigation found a consultant recruited and hired by last year’s Republican candidate, Mark Harris, may have collected, changed or discarded voter’s ballots. Washington Post, "After NC ballot fraud, voters concerned about fair elections," 7 Sep. 2019 Gulf Inland, according to the economist hired by the city, should bring somewhere between 7,500 to 15,000 new jobs with good living wages to the area. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Dayton leaders prepare city for coming growth," 6 Sep. 2019 Eric Zuena, an architect hired by Paolino, is also scheduled to make a presentation to the Providence Foundation at Thursday’s board meeting. Dan Mcgowan, BostonGlobe.com, "Underground bus tunnel pitched for Kennedy Plaza redesign in downtown Providence," 5 Sep. 2019 Attorneys hired by Gaines’ aunt, Phyllis Nelson, found video that showed the stunning sequence of events that morning. William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "7-Eleven settles in death of hotel worker knocked down and then run over outside Near North store," 5 Sep. 2019 About a month before the Olympics, Ms. Kerrigan was clubbed in the right knee by a man hired by Ms. Harding’s former husband. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Tom Collins, Promoter of Elite Figure Skating Tours, Dies at 88," 5 Sep. 2019 Debra Wong Yang of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher is the same lawyer hired by USC to investigate Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito, the former medical school dean who partied with drug addicts and criminals and was caught on video using drugs. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "Why the Plácido Domingo sexual harassment investigation brings questions, not answers," 4 Sep. 2019 As many hoped, the Duttons successfully rescued Tate, who had been held captive by a group of white supremacists hired by the Beck brothers. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "'Yellowstone' Fans Can't Stop "Ugly Crying" Over the Seriously Emotional Season 2 Finale," 29 Aug. 2019 His long, winding football life, the end of Super Bowl XLIX, and being hired by the man who beat him on the most controversial play call of his life. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "Darrell Bevell Bounces Back Again, This Time in Detroit," 29 Aug. 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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