Synonyms & Antonyms of hire

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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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Synonyms & Antonyms of hire (Entry 2 of 2)

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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How is the word hire different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of hire are charter, lease, let, and rent. While all these words 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

In what contexts can charter take the place of hire?

The synonyms charter and hire are sometimes interchangeable, but charter applies to the hiring or letting of a vehicle usually for exclusive use.

charter a bus to go to the game

When can lease be used instead of hire?

The words lease and hire can be used in similar contexts, but 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

When is it sensible to use rent instead of hire?

Although the words rent and hire have much in common, 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

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

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“Hire.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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