- to engage the services of (a person or persons) for wages or other payment: to hire a clerk.
- to engage the temporary use of at a set price; rent: to hire a limousine.
- the act of hiring.
- the state or condition of being hired.
- the price or compensation paid or contracted to be paid for the temporary use of something or for personal services or labor; pay: The laborer is worthy of his hire.
- Informal. a person hired or to be hired: Most of our new hires are college-educated.
- British. available for hire; rental: a hire car.
- hire on, to obtain employment; take a job: They hired on as wranglers with the rodeo.
- hire out, to offer or exchange one's services for payment: He hired himself out as a handyman.
- for hire, available for use or service in exchange for payment.Also on hire.
Origin of hire
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Examples from the Web for hire
Like any service for hire, it is extremely important for the traffickers to provide a reputable service, criminal as it is.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
The assistant manager at the A&F store had found Elauf qualified for the position and was apparently going to hire her.Muslims & Jews Unite vs. Abercrombie & Fitch
December 16, 2014
They hire other people to write their books for them, whether memoir or fiction.Meet Zoella—The Newbie Author Whose Book Sales Topped J.K. Rowling
December 11, 2014
At the end of his internship, the Davis County School District decided to hire him.
The high-performance organizations did not hire people with IDD simply to gain cushy tax subsidies.
He said that he wished to hire Mrs. Denson's sister for the summer.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
The labourer must be worthy of his hire, and a little something over.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
If you hire detectives, Mr. Briggs, you must take care of them.Jennie Baxter, Journalist
It seems to be a case where the Hire and Lore classes come in conflict.
You wait and see: they will get a tip out of you as well as their hire.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
- to acquire the temporary use of (a thing) or the services of (a person) in exchange for payment
- to employ (a person) for wages
- (often foll by out) to provide (something) or the services of (oneself or others) for an agreed payment, usually for an agreed period
- (tr foll by out) mainly British to pay independent contractors for (work to be done)
- the act of hiring or the state of being hired
- (as modifier)a hire car
- the price paid or payable for a person's services or the temporary use of something
- (as modifier)the hire charge
- for hire or on hire available for service or temporary use in exchange for payment
Word Origin and History for hire
Old English hyrian "pay for service, employ for wages, engage," from Proto-Germanic *hurjan (cf. Danish hyre, Old Frisian hera, Dutch huren, German heuern "to hire, rent"). Reflexively, "to agree to work for wages" from mid-13c. Related: Hired; hiring.
"payment for work, use, or services; wages," from Old English hyr "wages; interest, usury," from Proto-Germanic *hurja- (see hire (v.)).