An example of hire is to pay someone to build a house extension.
She hired on as a deck hand. He hired out as a photographer.
Two new hires in the sales department.
The sign offered pedalos on hire.
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?
When my grandfather retired, he had over twenty mechanics in his hire.
We pair up each of our new hires with one of our original hires.
They hired themselves out as day laborers. They hired out their basement for Inauguration week.
After waiting two years for her husband to finish the tiling, she decided to hire it done.
They hired out as day laborers.
An example of a hire is a McDonalds employee.
Hired himself out as a cook; hired out the cottage for the summer.
- available for work or use in return for payment
- to work, esp. as a laborer, for payment
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of hire
- Middle English hiren from Old English hȳrian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).