Definition of hire in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪə/


[with object]
1chiefly British Obtain the temporary use of (something) for an agreed payment: we flew to San Diego, hired a car, and headed for Las Vegas
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.
rent, lease, charter, pay for the use of
dated engage
1.1 (hire something out) Grant the temporary use of something for an agreed payment: most train stations hire out cycles
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  • 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.
2Employ (someone) for wages: management hired and fired labour 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.
employ, engage, recruit, appoint, take on, sign on, sign up, enrol, commission, enlist, take into employment, secure the services of, put on the payroll
2.1Employ for a short time to do a particular job: Wilmot hired a private detective to follow him (as adjective hired) a hired assassin
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  • 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.
2.2 (hire oneself out) Make oneself available for temporary employment: the young husbands had to hire themselves out to distant farmers every summer
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.


1 [mass noun] The action of hiring someone or something: car hire is recommended [as modifier]: a hire charge
More 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?
rent, rental, hiring, lease, leasing, charter
dated engagement, engaging
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.


for (or on) hire

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.



Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪrəb(ə)l/
(US 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈhʌɪərə/
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.


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

Words that rhyme with hire

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