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hire

[hahyuh r] /haɪər/
verb (used with object), hired, hiring.
1.
to engage the services of (a person or persons) for wages or other payment:
to hire a clerk.
2.
to engage the temporary use of at a set price; rent:
to hire a limousine.
noun
3.
the act of hiring.
4.
the state or condition of being hired.
5.
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.
6.
Informal. a person hired or to be hired:
Most of our new hires are college-educated.
adjective
7.
British. available for hire; rental:
a hire car.
Verb phrases
8.
hire on, to obtain employment; take a job:
They hired on as wranglers with the rodeo.
9.
hire out, to offer or exchange one's services for payment:
He hired himself out as a handyman.
Idioms
10.
for hire, available for use or service in exchange for payment.
Also, on hire.
Origin
1000
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)
Synonyms
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.
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hire

/ˈhaɪə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to acquire the temporary use of (a thing) or the services of (a person) in exchange for payment
2.
to employ (a person) for wages
3.
(often foll by out) to provide (something) or the services of (oneself or others) for an agreed payment, usually for an agreed period
4.
(mainly Brit) (transitive) foll by out. to pay independent contractors for (work to be done)
noun
5.
  1. the act of hiring or the state of being hired
  2. (as modifier): a hire car
6.
  1. the price paid or payable for a person's services or the temporary use of something
  2. (as modifier): the hire charge
7.
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 un hired

hire

v.

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.

n.

"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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