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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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 The trustees blew it, then tried to sneak their presidential hire past the public with a hand-slap probation. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon State men’s basketball team lifts an entire campus," 29 Mar. 2021 Marcia Leonard, an editorial assistant and their first hire, was a recent graduate of the publishing course at Radcliffe College. New York Times, "Marianne Carus, 92, Dies; Created Cricket Magazine for the Young," 19 Mar. 2021 Adams has no definite timeline for making his next hire. Carol Schram, Forbes, "NHL’s Last-Place Buffalo Sabres Fire Coach Ralph Krueger," 17 Mar. 2021 But North Texas went 17-9 this season, winning four games in four days to claim the conference title and NCAA bid on the four-year anniversary of his hire. Nat Newell, The Indianapolis Star, "5 things to know about Purdue's NCAA tournament opponent: North Texas Mean Green," 14 Mar. 2021 Johnson’s top recruiter, Antoine Pettway, played a key role in bringing the 2017 class to Tuscaloosa and stayed as part of Oats’ staff after his hire in 2019. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Alabama’s 2017 basketball class helped fuel the program’s turnaround," 10 Mar. 2021 Despite that history, Gascón has expressed confidence in his new hire. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Soros-backed DA hires public defender with history of anti-police rhetoric and limited experience as high-ranking prosecutor," 28 Feb. 2021 In January 2017, Lynch, who had just been hired despite having no front-office experience, made Peters, then the Broncos’ director of college scouting, his first hire on his second day on the job without interviewing him. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "49ers' Adam Peters, John Lynch's top assistant, earns promotion," 19 Feb. 2021 But Chris Fetter, two months after his hire, is already making a strong case for the most influential. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Tigers' Daniel Norris believes pitching coach Chris Fetter 'beyond incredible'," 16 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In 2019, lawmakers introduced a proposal that would have prevented employers from firing, refusing to hire or otherwise discriminating against employees who weren't vaccinated. Jessie Balmert, The Enquirer, "Ohio GOP lawmakers want to protect those refusing COVID-19 shot from discrimination," 7 Apr. 2021 Problem #1: Large companies prefer not to hire people. Lewis Schiff, Forbes, "The Smartest Business Model Ever (Part 1: Build A Moneymaker)," 6 Apr. 2021 Big man Colin Castleton will explore his professional options, too, but did not hire an agent. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Gators add guard Brandon McKissic to begin rebuilding process," 2 Apr. 2021 As Jon Wilner of The San Jose Mercury News wisely alluded to over the weekend, if Utah didn’t hire Smith, someone else was going to, potentially another Pac-12 school. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Red All Over: I don’t know if Craig Smith is the right pick at Utah. Neither does anyone else. But it feels like the right move.," 1 Apr. 2021 Moreover, the bill would hand the power to hire or fire the State Forester to Brown and set a deadline for the governor to enact changes on New Year's Day of 2022. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "Oregon lawmakers move to cut timber industry ties on forest board, seat environmentalists," 31 Mar. 2021 But with remodelers already overbooked, there's a backlog of prospective sellers who would like to sell but can't hire out the work or spare the time or money to get the house ready to sell themselves. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, "Twin Cities agents offer remodeling services amid scramble for homes to sell," 30 Mar. 2021 Asian American advocates who are supporting Boston's new admissions process argued that lower-income Asian American students don't have money to hire private tutors or to take private test prep courses that would give them an edge on entrance exams. NBC News, "A golden ticket: Efforts to diversify Boston's elite high schools spur hope and outrage," 17 Mar. 2021 There is no reason corporate America can’t hire, invest and expand to take advantage of the post-pandemic surge in activity. Neil Irwin, New York Times, "17 Reasons to Let the Economic Optimism Begin," 13 Mar. 2021

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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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9 Apr 2021

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“Hire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hire. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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