- The definition of hire is the amount paid for services or an employee.
An example of a hire is a McDonalds employee.
- Hire is defined as to employ, or to get services for payment.
An example of hire is to pay someone to build a house extension.
- the amount paid to get the services of a person or the use of a thing
- a hiring or being hired
- Informal a person who is hired; employee
Origin of hireMiddle English from Old English hyr, wages, akin to Dutch huur, German heuer
transitive verbhired, hir′ing
- to get the services of (a person) or the use of (a thing) in return for payment; employ or engage
- to give the use of (a thing) or the services of (oneself or another) in return for payment: often with out
- to pay for (work to be done)
verbhired, hir·ing, hires
- a. To engage the services of (a person) for a fee; employ: hired a new clerk.b. To engage the temporary use of for a fee; rent: hire a car for the day.
- To grant the services of or the temporary use of for a fee: hired himself out as a cook; hired out the cottage for the summer.
- a. The act of hiring.b. The condition or fact of being hired.
- a. Payment for services; wages.b. Payment for the use of something.
- Informal One who is hired: two new hires in the sales department.
Origin of hireMiddle English hiren from Old English hérian
- hir′a·ble hire′a·ble
- Payment for the temporary use of something.
- The sign offered pedalos on 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?
- The state of being hired, or having a job; employment.
- When my grandfather retired, he had over twenty mechanics in his hire.
- A person who has been hired, especially in a cohort.
- We pair up each of our new hires with one of our original hires.
(third-person singular simple present hires, present participle hiring, simple past and past participle hired)
- To obtain the services of in return for fixed payment.
- We hired a car for two weeks because ours had broken down.
- 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.
- To exchange the services of for remuneration.
- They hired themselves out as day laborers. They hired out their basement for Inauguration week.
- To accomplish by paying for services.
- After waiting two years for her husband to finish the tiling, she decided to hire it done.
- (intransitive) To accept employment.
- They hired out as day laborers.
From Middle English, from Old English hȳr (“employment for wages, pay for service”), from Proto-Germanic *hūzijō (“hire”), from Proto-Indo-European *kūs- (“price, hire”). Cognate with West Frisian hier (“hire”), Dutch huur (“hire”), Low German Hüre (“hire”), German Heuer (“hire”), Danish hyre (“hire”).