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hire

Syllabification: hire
Pronunciation: /ˈhī(ə)r
 
/

Definition of hire in English:

verb

[with object]
1Employ (someone) for wages: management hired and fired labor in line with demand
More example sentences
  • If you spend, borrow, set up a business, hire someone or get fired, these are actions that matter.
  • When Scott Wolfe hires someone for a job working a cash register or cutting meat, the odds are, that person was a customer first.
  • The most crucial step in ensuring marketing success is hiring someone to manage and coordinate the effort.
Synonyms
employ, engage, recruit, appoint, take on, sign up, enroll, commission, enlist, contract
1.1Employ for a short time to do a particular job: don’t hire a babysitter who’s under 16 (as adjective hired) a hired assassin
More example sentences
  • Killer 7, a group of assassins, are hired to eliminate the terrorist group and save the day.
  • He plays the freaky, balding assassin Maguire who's hired to eliminate Sullivan.
  • They had been hired out as assassins before, but they hadn't had someone request for that kind of job in awhile.
1.2 (hire oneself out) Make oneself available for temporary employment: he hired himself out as a laborer
More example sentences
  • After all, they are hiring themselves out on a daily basis for minimum wage to perform defined short-term jobs as unskilled manual laborers.
  • I'm thinking of hiring myself out as a service to distressed parents everywhere.
  • The job involved hiring himself out as a garment worker in order to organize a shop from the inside.
2chiefly British Obtain the temporary use of (something) for an agreed payment; rent: she had to hire a dress for the wedding
More example sentences
  • Try hiring an insurance replacement rental car in Buffalo!
  • Anglers can obtain permits and hire a boat from John Scotts Shop, Aughagower, Westport.
  • Alf received it despite never having taken his car or hiring a car abroad.
Synonyms
2.1 (hire something out) Grant the temporary use of something for an agreed payment.
Example sentences
  • Successive administrators of Moore's estate hired them out to employers whose payments provided proceeds for the estate.
  • You can perform the work yourself, or you can hire it out to a contractor.
  • These may be government-run, but the labour in these prisons can be hired out to corporations.

noun

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1The action of hiring someone or something.
Example sentences
  • Meanwhile, back at the airport, the cost of car hire and charter flights out of Ireland are savage in comparison with our neighbours.
  • It is the cheapest of the respectable car hire firms and recommended.
  • However, could it be that these registrations are going into car hire fleets?
2chiefly North American A person who is hired; an employee: new hires go through six months of training
More example sentences
  • The team that meets that daily mission is a mix of active-duty, Guard, Reserve, civilian employees, local hires and contractors.
  • In general, the employees who quit were more recent hires who weren't as invested in the company.
  • From initial performance reviews of new hires, it is determined that the employees' average proficiency in problem solving is 25 percent.

Origin

Old English hȳrian 'employ (someone) for wages', hȳr 'payment under contract for the use of something'; related to Dutch huren (verb), huur (noun).

Phrases

for (or on) hire

1
Available to be hired.
Example sentences
  • The hall is available for hire for various activities.
  • The hall is available for hire at a very reasonable price.
  • The MCR Hall is available for hire over the coming summer months.

Derivatives

hireable

1
(also hirable) adjective
Example sentences
  • If she already works three days, she's hireable - there or somewhere else - for more.
  • The trend's gone so far that these hirable hackers are called agents.
  • On the basis of previous pilot data, all four applicants provided job-relevant information that made them equally hirable.

hirer

2
noun
Example sentences
  • If they do it right, the nimble hirers could see a rise in market share and stock price.
  • DDI places itself between headhunters and hirers.
  • She may not be aware that we pay business rates to her Government out of our income from hirers.

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