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re·​hire (ˌ)rē-ˈhī(-ə)r How to pronounce rehire (audio)
rehired; rehiring

transitive verb

: to hire (someone) back into the same company or job
Her MO: She would simply quit, only to be rehired with her demands met.Lorraine Ali
Nineteen employees in the front office were let go; some of those people have been rehired on a contract basis to do the same jobs.Tim Kurkjian


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re·​hire ˈrē-ˌhī(-ə)r How to pronounce rehire (audio)
plural rehires
: a person who has been rehired
Whether the employee is a new hire or a rehire is not relevant for processing the payroll.Vicki M. Lambert
: the act of rehiring a former employee or group of employees
The company has no plans for a rehire.

Examples of rehire in a Sentence

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After an employee revolt and a public apology from one of the company's board members, Altman was rehired for the position just four days later. Max Zahn, ABC News, 13 May 2024 On January 29, a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) judge issued an opinion forcing Amazon to rehire a worker the company had previously fired at the company’s Staten Island warehouse. F. Vincent Vernuccio, National Review, 21 Feb. 2024 The Mandalorian actress’ suit is trying to force the company to rehire her for Star Wars content. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Feb. 2024 But Mortensen hopes to eventually rehire her staff once the paper pays its outstanding bills and becomes more financially sustainable. Claire Rush, Fortune, 28 Jan. 2024 Regina Jackson, the longest-serving police commissioner and the current chair emeritus, said Armstrong’s inclusion was intended to change the mayor’s mind about her vow not to rehire him. Shomik Mukherjee, The Mercury News, 30 Mar. 2024 Findings Three years later, the National Labor Relations Board has ordered Home Depot to rehire Morales and give them back pay. Olivia Lloyd, Kansas City Star, 27 Feb. 2024 Altman and other senior executives at OpenAI are in Davos this week for the World Economic Forum’s annual summit, and will no doubt be fielding questions about his chaotic ousting and rehiring in November last year. Byeleanor Pringle, Fortune, 17 Jan. 2024 But in an equally surprising turn of events, Altman was rehired weeks later. David Goldman, CNN, 8 Mar. 2024
Employees returning to a former company often make the mistake of not taking the rehire interview seriously. Lynne Curry | Alaska Workplace, Anchorage Daily News, 31 May 2022 Privately, former employees have continued to lament the no-rehire rule. oregonlive, 21 May 2022 Irwin Bernstein resigned from his position as a retire-rehire professor at the University of Georgia on Aug. 24 after an unnamed student walked into his class without a face mask, according to the school's independent, student-run newspaper, Red & Black. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 1 Sep. 2021 Bolden said that as part of the collective bargaining agreement between the Solon Board of Education and the district’s chapter of the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, staff members can apply for a retire-rehire year on our before their 30th year of service. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 16 Dec. 2020 The board also approved retire-rehire deals for school custodians Frank Bonsignore and Michele Smith, as noted in the collective bargaining agreement between the Solon Board of Education and the Ohio Association of Public School Employees. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, 12 Dec. 2022 And employees who lose their jobs will be eligible for rehire. oregonlive, 28 Oct. 2022 Any staff who were involved in drafting guidance that conflicted with state law would not be eligible for rehire, according to the plan. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 May 2022 Rios initially sued the Forest Service in February 2021 after he was denied rehire rights, the hiring process federal firefighters undergo every fire season, after a social media post criticized his managers' lax handling of Covid safety guidelines. NBC News, 18 Apr. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


1766, in the meaning defined above


1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rehire was in 1766

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“Rehire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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