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[hahy-rez] /ˈhaɪˈrɛz/
adjective, Computers, Informal.
high-resolution (def 2).
Origin of hi-res
by shortening


[hahyuh r] /haɪər/
verb (used with object), hired, hiring.
to engage the services of (a person or persons) for wages or other payment:
to hire a clerk.
to engage the temporary use of at a set price; rent:
to hire a limousine.
the act of hiring.
the state or condition of being hired.
the price or compensation paid or contracted to be paid for the temporary use of something or for personal services or labor; pay:
The laborer is worthy of his hire.
Informal. a person hired or to be hired:
Most of our new hires are college-educated.
British. available for hire; rental:
a hire car.
Verb phrases
hire on, to obtain employment; take a job:
They hired on as wranglers with the rodeo.
hire out, to offer or exchange one's services for payment:
He hired himself out as a handyman.
for hire, available for use or service in exchange for payment.
Also, on hire.
before 1000; (v.) Middle English hiren, Old English hȳrian (cognate with Dutch huren, Low German hüren, Old Frisian hēra); (noun) Middle English; Old English hȳr; cognate with Dutch huur, Low German hüre (whence Dutch hyre, Swedish hyra, German Heuer), Frisian hēre
Related forms
hiree, noun
hirer, noun
outhire, verb (used with object), outhired, outhiring.
prehiring, adjective
rehire, verb, rehired, rehiring, noun
unhired, adjective
Can be confused
higher, hire (see synonym study at the current entry)
1. employ. 2. lease. Hire, charter, rent refer to paying money for the use of something. Hire is a general word, most commonly applied to paying money for labor or services, but is also used in reference to paying for the temporary use of automobiles (usually with a chauffeur), halls, etc.; in New England, it is used in speaking of borrowing money on which interest is to be paid (to distinguish from borrowing from a friend, who would not accept any interest): to hire a gardener, a delivery truck, a hall for a convention. Charter formerly meant to pay for the use of a vessel, but is now applied with increasing frequency to leasing any conveyance for the use of a group: to charter a boat, a bus, a plane. Rent is used in the latter sense, also, but is usually applied to paying a set sum once or at regular intervals for the use of a dwelling, room, personal effects, an automobile (which one drives oneself), etc.: to rent a business building. 5. rent, rental; stipend, wages, salary. Unabridged
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  • We hires in the village, but the man as the trap belongs to couldn't go.

    The Drunkard Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • The boss must know how to do the things he hires others to do.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • The one who hires him will defend him and the Little Mother is his friend, and his comrades cheer him on.

    After Prison - What? Maud Ballington Booth
  • All very well in London, and that place he hires up at Marlow.

  • Goes about in a bath chair which he hires from a regular keeper of this class of thing.

    The Slave of Silence Fred M. White
British Dictionary definitions for hires


verb (transitive)
to acquire the temporary use of (a thing) or the services of (a person) in exchange for payment
to employ (a person) for wages
(often foll by out) to provide (something) or the services of (oneself or others) for an agreed payment, usually for an agreed period
(mainly Brit) (transitive) foll by out. to pay independent contractors for (work to be done)
  1. the act of hiring or the state of being hired
  2. (as modifier): a hire car
  1. the price paid or payable for a person's services or the temporary use of something
  2. (as modifier): the hire charge
for hire, on hire, available for service or temporary use in exchange for payment
Derived Forms
hirable, hireable, adjective
hirer, noun
Word Origin
Old English hӯrian; related to Old Frisian hēra to lease, Middle Dutch hūren
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Word Origin and History for hires



Old English hyrian "pay for service, employ for wages, engage," from Proto-Germanic *hurjan (cf. Danish hyre, Old Frisian hera, Dutch huren, German heuern "to hire, rent"). Reflexively, "to agree to work for wages" from mid-13c. Related: Hired; hiring.


"payment for work, use, or services; wages," from Old English hyr "wages; interest, usury," from Proto-Germanic *hurja- (see hire (v.)).

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