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 Hundreds of aides to Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg and Mr. Bloomberg are now available for hire. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Biden Looks to Expand Staff as Bloomberg Weighs How to Help Him," 5 Mar. 2020 But the hire of Porter wasn’t really about winning a pile of games, was it? oregonlive, "Canzano: Time for a humane end to Terry Porter’s tough tenure at University of Portland," 28 Feb. 2020 The Habs have less than two weeks to decide whether to keep Kovalchuk aboard for a playoff push, or ship him out as a gun for hire at the Feb. 24 trade deadline . . Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Canadiens not in playoff picture as they arrive to face Bruins," 11 Feb. 2020 Each of the murder-for-hire counts carried a 108-month sentence, to be served consecutively. Steve Winter, National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 24 Jan. 2020 Joseph Maldonado-Passage was sentenced Wednesday for the murder-for-hire plot and several wildlife violations. Faith Karimi, CNN, "He killed five tigers and tried to hire a hit man on a rival. Now he's going to prison for 22 years," 23 Jan. 2020 Uber cars will still be available for hire while the firm appeals the decision. Rachael Bunyan, Time, "Here's How to Order a Car in London if Uber Ban Is Enacted," 25 Nov. 2019 Arthur's day job is dressing up as a clown for hire, doing birthday parties, promotional gigs, hospital visits, and the like. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Joker is a powerful portrayal of a troubled man’s descent into madness," 7 Oct. 2019 But there’s some immediate upside for local companies as skilled engineering talent previously contracted by Andela, and thus out of reach, will now become available for hire. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "Andela is overhauling its outsourcing model in Africa—and letting go of up to 400 developers," 17 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When Carolyn was old enough to get a job, no one wanted to hire her. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "The Unseen Survivors of Thalidomide Want to Be Heard," 23 Mar. 2020 Demands for cases of water, food, and Clorox wipes flowed in, prompting Amazon to announce plans to hire 100,000 more workers worldwide. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Amazon Warehouse Workers Knew Someone Would Get Sick," 19 Mar. 2020 Also, about cruelly being cast aside by Fresno State, who hired him to be athletic director. oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Ducks administrator Jim Bartko beat his demons to the finish line," 17 Mar. 2020 Arthur was hired one month before David Bocks died. cincinnati.com, "Death, lies and uranium: How an Ohio man’s mysterious disappearance in 1984 still haunts family, friends," 17 Mar. 2020 States also also could provide temporary relief from laws that only recognize nursing licenses from a limited number of states, allowing hospitals to hire from a wider pool of professionals. USA Today, "US hospitals will run out of beds if coronavirus cases spike," 13 Mar. 2020 The new watchdogs have power to hire and fire chief constables, to write policing plans for the force to follow and to set local taxes to pay for policing. The Economist, "Watchdogs without bite Why Britain’s police commissioners are not living up to their promise," 12 Mar. 2020 Her mother, actress Natalie Wood, was one of Mr. Crowley’s closest friends, hiring him as an assistant and housing him from time to time in the home Wood shared with her husband, Robert Wagner. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Mart Crowley, Tony-winning playwright of ‘The Boys in the Band,’ dies at 84," 10 Mar. 2020 Last November, Purdue’s student newspaper released audio of Daniels discussing faculty hiring with a group of mostly minority students. Andrew Ferguson, The Atlantic, "Tight With a Dollar," 5 Mar. 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

25 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hire. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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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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