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

assume, employ, engage, pay, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take on

Antonyms: Noun

joblessness, nonemployment, unemployment

Antonyms: Verb

ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack

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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

Bucks make hires The Bucks announced the addition of assistant coach Josh Longstaff on Thursday, which refills Mike Budenholzer's staff at six following the departure of Sean Sweeney to Detroit. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As the summer league starts, one piece of the Bucks' puzzle remains unsolved," 5 July 2018 In Colorado, for instance, construction firms now increasingly make more hires from outside the industry than from within, according to the census. Eric Morath, WSJ, "In This Economy, Quitters Are Winning," 4 July 2018 But the Padres made a strong hire in bringing in Eric Lauer, a top assistant under Vaughan at Mountain Pointe. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Arizona high school football teams that could surprise in 2018," 22 June 2018 Walker’s report, though, said a better service could be achieved without SEPTA buying more buses, making substantial hires, or spending significantly on infrastructure. Jason Laughlin, Philly.com, "Philadelphia's new bus network begins to take shape," 21 June 2018 The Grizzlies, in particular, had shown significant interest in Vogel, and the Magic moved quickly to make a hire. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Jeff Weltman will have final say on Magic's coaching hire," 27 Apr. 2018 Montgomery County Assistant State’s Attorney Christina Rodriguez said in court in May. Bond also told Diolamou to call a mutual acquaintance to discuss the for-hire killing,Rodriguez said. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Target of murder-for-hire plot tries to laugh away bargain-based price tag: ‘Insulting to be sure’," 13 July 2018 Companies also come in to conduct chef demos and to identify individuals who may be a good fit for hire. Grace Wong, chicagotribune.com, "Silver Fork teaches culinary skills, confidence," 9 July 2018 After a deadly crash in 2009, new pilots are required to fly for 1,500 hours before being eligible for hire. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Regional airlines hurt by worsening pilot shortage: "It should be a national concern"," 4 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Higgins, who had been reporting problems in the VA since he was hired in 2007, was fired from his position for the third time in June 2017, and is appealing the firing, WREG-TV in Memphis reported. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Democrat's 'Purple Heart' remark at Strzok hearing spurs veterans to plan protest march," 14 July 2018 He was hired in part to help with Health Nucleus, expanding its services to other locations and making its digital offerings more customer-friendly. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Human Longevity names interim CEO," 13 July 2018 When you’re hired, your employer gives you a Form W-4, also known as a withholding allowance certificate, which tells the employer how much tax to deduct from your paycheck. Ann Carrns, New York Times, "The Virtues of a Summer Job," 13 July 2018 Later, at work, Bongwan welcomes a new assistant, Areum (Kim Min-hee), whom he's hired to replace Changsook. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Hong Sang-soo and Kim Min-hee's real-life affair yields a trio of films about infidelity," 12 July 2018 But she was hired on the spot at the UPS job fair for part-time supervisors. Kelly Yamanouchi, ajc, "UPS hiring thousands of workers for massive hub on westside of Atlanta," 11 July 2018 Giuliani traveled to Ukraine last November to meet with Kharkiv officials and then hosted a delegation from the city in New York in March, about three weeks before he was hired as Trump's attorney, according to officials and Ukrainian news reports. chicagotribune.com, "Giuliani works for foreign clients while serving as Trump's attorney," 10 July 2018 They were hired by their current teams before the 2015 season, and both studied the game as backup catchers in the majors. Stephen Ruiz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Rays manager joins AL All-Star Game staff," 9 July 2018 He was hired to help with the coverage of the Los Angeles Lakers and has been covering the Clippers since 2011. Broderick Turner, latimes.com, "Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander shows all-around skills during Clippers debut," 8 July 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

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

Verb

see hire entry 1

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Phrases Related to hire

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ply for hire/business/trade

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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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