\ 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


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

Other Words from hire


hirer noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for hire

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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

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 Read Hoffman’s memo to staff announcing Cocozza’s hire below. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 12 Jan. 2022 Good hire, but a little overhyped out of the gates. John Canzano, oregonlive, 30 Dec. 2021 The team has yet to officially announce the hire, which first was reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman and confirmed by The Chronicle. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Dec. 2021 Tyra made another high-profile hire, this time for football, by bringing aboard former Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 10 Dec. 2021 This was a learning year in the SEC for Harsin, who was a surprise hire out of Boise State and was dealt a bad hand when the pandemic hit. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 28 Dec. 2021 Still, Marcus Freeman is a great hire and most of the rest of the staff is staying. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 16 Dec. 2021 Obviously, this is a monumental, job-defining hire for Stricklin, who has been at UF for five years and is 0-1 in hiring football coaches. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Nov. 2021 Riley is the first hire that USC has made since Carroll who is nationally relevant on his own merit. J. Brady Mccollough, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Before Omicron’s spread, the drugstore chains, which collectively operate nearly 20,000 stores nationwide, were cutting hours, raising pay and scrambling to hire tens of thousands more workers to address staffing shortages. Sharon Terlep, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 Business groups like the National Federation of Independent Businesses and National Retail Federation have slammed the requirements as onerous and could hinder companies’ ability to hire workers. Anne D'innocenzio, chicagotribune.com, 10 Jan. 2022 The governor also said the state would spend $100 million in federal pandemic rescue funds to hire about 1,000 contract health workers for 13 weeks. J. Scott Trubey, ajc, 8 Jan. 2022 It was immediately characterized on social media as an attempt by the company to hire replacement workers who could be used to help keep the Utah resort open in the event of a strike. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Jan. 2022 Papadimoulis is looking to hire more workers, from marketing to software engineers. cleveland, 7 Jan. 2022 Historically, opponents of minimum wage increases have argued that higher wages are too costly for small businesses, leading them to raise prices on goods and services and hire fewer workers. Camille Squires, Quartz, 4 Jan. 2022 In the same vein, the hope is to hire community health workers who have had the same experiences as the patients the company is serving to guide them on the road to better health. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 This allows Glass to hire part-time workers and not worry about spikes in demand coming from other states. Tarun Galagali, STAT, 30 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of hire


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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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15 Jan 2022

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“Hire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hire. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of hire

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: someone who has been hired for a job
: rental



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) : rent


\ 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.



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


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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