Synonyms & Antonyms of hire

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1 the state of being provided with a paying job
  • he spent most of his career in the hire of high-paying defense contractors

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2 the money paid regularly to a person for labor or services
  • used to mow lawns for hire

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Synonyms & Antonyms of hire (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to take or get the temporary use of (something) for a set sum
  • the Youngs hired a limousine for their daughter's wedding

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2 to provide with a paying job
  • the farm hires teenagers to pick blueberries in the summer

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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

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The first known use of hire was before the 12th century

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“Hire.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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