(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”).