hire
Pronunciation
  • (RP) enPR hīr, IPA: /haɪə/, /ˈhaɪə/
  • (GA) enPR hīr, IPA: /haɪɹ/, /ˈhaɪɚ/
Noun

hire (plural hires)

  1. Payment for the temporary use of something.
    The sign offered pedalos on hire.
  2. (obsolete) Reward, payment.
    • Bible, Luke x. 7
      The labourer is worthy of his hire.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.viii:
      I will him reaue of armes, the victors hire, / And of that shield, more worthy of good knight; / For why should a dead dog be deckt in armour bright?
  3. The state of being hired, or having a job; employment.
    When my grandfather retired, he had over twenty mechanics in his hire.
  4. A person who has been hired, especially in a cohort.
    We pair up each of our new hires with one of our original hires.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

hire (hires, present participle hiring; past and past participle hired)

  1. (transitive) To obtain the services of in return for fixed payment.
    Synonyms: rent
    We hired a car for two weeks because ours had broken down.
  2. (transitive) To employ; to obtain the services of (a person) in exchange for remuneration; to give someone a job.
    The company had problems when it tried to hire more skilled workers.
  3. (transitive) To exchange the services of for remuneration.
    They hired themselves out as day laborers.  They hired out their basement for Inauguration week.
  4. (transitive) To accomplish by paying for services.
    After waiting two years for her husband to finish the tiling, she decided to hire it done.
  5. (intransitive) To accept employment.
    They hired out as day laborers.
Antonyms Translations Translations
Hire
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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