hire

noun
\ ˈhī(-ə)r \

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

Bennett’s streets teem with unaffiliated scrivers, thieves, and swords-for-hire, and the novel’s final act — a heist and confrontation — sees Sancia breaking into the fantasy equivalent of a smart fortress. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Foundryside is a cyberpunk adventure wrapped in an epic fantasy novel," 23 Dec. 2018 But those new hires were pending a study to determine the needs during each shift at both facilities. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 Teens Have Escaped From the Krier Correctional Treatment Center Near San Antonio in 2018," 3 Aug. 2018 The most notable hires: Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, who will oversee content acquisition and video strategy. Daniel Arkin /, NBC News, "Apple's script for conquering Hollywood is a mystery so far," 13 July 2018 Owners also need to get past some concerns, including what happens if a hire doesn't work out. Joyce M. Rosenberg, USA TODAY, "More small businesses seek to expand opportunities for disabled workers," 1 June 2018 Dorsey, a veteran football guy, was welcomed as a solid hire. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland.com, "Comparing Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward to Johnny Manziel and Justin Gilbert is an insult: Doug Lesmerises," 27 Apr. 2018 Former New Orleans police chief Warren Riley has emerged as a strong candidate to return to a city government leadership role under Mayor-elect LaToya Cantrell, a potential hire that is already becoming controversial. Kevin Litten, NOLA.com, "Warren Riley returning to New Orleans government? What we know so far," 25 Apr. 2018 Or have a liberal magazine hire but then fire a conservative writer because of his pro-life rhetoric. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Isn’t Merely Tolerating Torture — He’s Celebrating It," 6 Apr. 2018 Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones couldn’t have been more ecstatic about a coaching hire than Sanjay Lal as the team’s new wide receivers coach. Drew Davison, star-telegram, "Dallas Cowboys say Sanjay Lal's coaching style is a good fit for receivers | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 4 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If not, try the site Bye-Bye Mattress to find a recycling center near you or hire a removal service like 1-800-GOT-JUNK? to do the dirty work for you. Alissa Katz, Good Housekeeping, "How to Dispose of Everything, Including Old Cell Phones, Mattresses, and Batteries," 8 Jan. 2019 This was on top of the organization’s issues with hiring diverse staff over the years. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019 In the first half of 2018, Waymo ordered 82,000 cars for delivery over the next few years, and the company began aggressively hiring customer service and operations personnel. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "The hype around driverless cars came crashing down in 2018," 30 Dec. 2018 For a more in-depth look at Istanbul’s key attractions, consider hiring an English-language guide from Condé Nast Traveler travel specialist Sea Song. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 In other words, version 2.0 of the hiring bots may be an improvement—or maybe not. Malaika Jabali, Glamour, "'Hiring Bots' Might Be Responsible For You Getting Your Dream Job—Here’s How to Use Them to Your Advantage," 22 Oct. 2018 With that greater certainty also comes greater leeway to hire those with scant qualifications. Joe Davidson, Washington Post, "Trump order risks ‘politicization’ of administrative judiciary," 13 July 2018 After hiring former PayPal president David Marcus to run its Messenger app in 2014, Facebook has been expected to make a move in financial services. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Wealth managers and charities are looking forward to an IPO-rich 2019," 21 Dec. 2018 Other friends including Victoria Monet and Tayla Parx even recently threw a surprise party for the singer, hiring a Mariachi band to perform. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Trolled Fans With a Photo of Her Kissing Her Cousin," 19 Nov. 2018

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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)

: someone who has been hired for a job

hire

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hire (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

: to pay to use (something)

hire

verb
\ ˈhīr \
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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