Definition of hire in English:



  • 1British Obtain the temporary use of (something) for an agreed payment:

    ‘we flew to San Diego, hired a car, and headed for Las Vegas’
    • ‘They are interested in hiring a car so they can have the freedom to explore at their leisure.’
    • ‘For two couples, it is less expensive to hire a cab or rent a car for a day than for each person to join an organized excursion.’
    • ‘A young man hired a sports car under a false name then crashed at high speed and killed his best friend.’
    • ‘Anglers can obtain permits and hire a boat from John Scotts Shop, Aughagower, Westport.’
    • ‘So on auction day, forget property makeover; instead, hire a few prestige cars and park them up and down the street.’
    • ‘In May, my wife and I hired a car from a rental company at Stansted airport.’
    • ‘They can offset this saving against the cost of hiring a car for part of the holiday.’
    • ‘An excellent and reasonably-priced railway service means there is no need for visitors to hire a car.’
    • ‘Men may hire rental cars from the arrival lounge.’
    • ‘On the weekend Adam hired the movie Saving Private Ryan and watched it with the volume up really loud.’
    • ‘Try hiring an insurance replacement rental car in Buffalo!’
    • ‘Alf received it despite never having taken his car or hiring a car abroad.’
    • ‘We hire a car and drive down the coast to Isla Negra, one of the homes of Chile's most famous poet, Pablo Neruda.’
    • ‘The cost of hiring a vintage car or stretch limo for the big day tends to vary from company to company.’
    • ‘Before travelling, I opted to hire a car via the internet.’
    rent, lease, charter, pay for the use of
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    1. 1.1hire something out Grant the temporary use of something for an agreed payment:
      ‘most train stations hire out cycles’
      • ‘But the centre's committee took the decision to stop hiring it out because of escalating costs and strains on manpower.’
      • ‘Out of the holiday season, the club can be hired out for events including birthday and reception parties.’
      • ‘You can perform the work yourself, or you can hire it out to a contractor.’
      • ‘To start with at least, we intend to keep running it as it has been by hiring it out to other groups.’
      • ‘These may be government-run, but the labour in these prisons can be hired out to corporations.’
      • ‘Successive administrators of Moore's estate hired them out to employers whose payments provided proceeds for the estate.’
      • ‘Rather than let them gather dust, management decided to increase revenue by hiring them out.’
      • ‘Britain's favourite piano player and master of ceremonies of music television uses it for his own albums and sometimes also hires it out.’
      • ‘We might be able to hire it out to other clubs as well and get our money back.’
      • ‘We do hire it out for line dancing and different things.’
      rent out, let out, rent, lease, hire out, loan, give on loan, sublet, sublease, farm out, contract, charge for the use of
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  • 2Employ (someone) for wages:

    ‘management hired and fired labour in line with demand’
    • ‘I tell managers, if you hire someone and it's one too many, you're the one who's going to have to tell that person.’
    • ‘If the Broncos would fire him tomorrow, there would be a line of teams willing to fire their coaches and hire him.’
    • ‘If you spend, borrow, set up a business, hire someone or get fired, these are actions that matter.’
    • ‘In the end, it's likely that no one - not even the boss who hires you - will read your résumé word for word.’
    • ‘Braden suggests that first-timers hire someone with government experience to jump-start a subcontracting venture.’
    • ‘When Scott Wolfe hires someone for a job working a cash register or cutting meat, the odds are, that person was a customer first.’
    • ‘He provided Rhodes with a steady income, hiring him as his personal instructor.’
    • ‘The most crucial step in ensuring marketing success is hiring someone to manage and coordinate the effort.’
    • ‘Your subordinates are jerks and I think you should hire me to fire them.’
    • ‘What made his job search remarkable is that Phelps never met the people who hired him.’
    • ‘I shared my experience with her on how I once hired someone who was unqualified for a job.’
    • ‘In Hong Kong, a person is defined as underemployed when he or she is hired to work less than 35 hours a week.’
    • ‘Although I was hired to help her fit in with the existing culture, it was just a bad match.’
    • ‘Irish employers can now hire anyone from the new countries, and many are willing to work for less than their Irish counterparts.’
    • ‘I'm on the road a lot and I need help but I can't afford to hire anybody at this early stage of my business.’
    • ‘Small businesses won't expand because they'll actually have to pay fair wages to hire workers instead of paying them with options.’
    • ‘While smaller firms may be able to use your skills, many of them cannot commit to hiring you on a permanent basis.’
    • ‘I can refuse to be the manager and we can hire someone.’
    • ‘Selma wanted more corporations to hire her as their primary medical vendor.’
    • ‘The third common option is to hire someone who has played at the top level but not had success.’
    employ, engage, recruit, appoint, take on, sign on, sign up, enrol, commission, enlist, take into employment, secure the services of, put on the payroll
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    1. 2.1 Employ for a short time to do a particular job:
      ‘Wilmot hired a private detective to follow him’
      ‘a hired assassin’
      • ‘The murder was not carried out because the hired assassin changed his mind and reported the matter to the police.’
      • ‘He plays the freaky, balding assassin Maguire who's hired to eliminate Sullivan.’
      • ‘Killer 7, a group of assassins, are hired to eliminate the terrorist group and save the day.’
      • ‘Potential investors can do the market analysis on their own or hire someone else - a market researcher or consultant - to do it for them.’
      • ‘The Baron then puts out a hit on the very assassin he hired, leading to a complete reversal of sides.’
      • ‘And they will hire the finest lawyers and planners to navigate their private fortunes safely through the arcane niceties of the tax code.’
      • ‘I was a supporter of Sir Marc, and the assassin he hired to kill you and your parents.’
      • ‘Distraught and depressed, the old veteran accomplishes this by sacrificing himself to an assassin he hires.’
      • ‘He's going to opium dens where he's part of a gang as a hired assassin who carries a tommy gun in a violin case.’
      • ‘They had been hired out as assassins before, but they hadn't had someone request for that kind of job in awhile.’
      • ‘The Glenns secured a grant from the Bureau of Land Management to hire someone to clean up the garbage.’
      • ‘A driver quietly explained that, if the guard were fired, he would hire someone to take revenge.’
      • ‘Second-home owners spend far above average on hiring someone to care for their properties.’
      • ‘The story revolves around a private eye who is hired by someone to hunt down a computer hacker known as Trinity.’
      • ‘And as in Europe, airports should be free to hire certified private security firms to perform these services.’
      • ‘An insanely jealous Italian farang is in despair after hiring a local private detective to follow his wife.’
      • ‘Private detectives could be hired to help win the fight against fly-tippers in Tendring.’
      • ‘David bribed the private detective that Stephanie hired to make her look paranoid.’
      • ‘The night before the opening, we left assured that a private electrician would be hired to connect it up.’
      • ‘There might be companies that would want to hire her for corporate events.’
    2. 2.2hire oneself out Make oneself available for temporary employment:
      ‘the young husbands had to hire themselves out to distant farmers every summer’
      • ‘I'm thinking of hiring myself out as a service to distressed parents everywhere.’
      • ‘After all, they are hiring themselves out on a daily basis for minimum wage to perform defined short-term jobs as unskilled manual laborers.’
      • ‘In the Golden State, they can also hire themselves out as ‘private judges.’’
      • ‘In the comments to this post, Laura of 11D says ‘… you should hire yourself out to universities to give lectures to upcoming graduates.’
      • ‘They formed a union and hired themselves out to theatres much the way longshoremen are sent out to different ports.’
      • ‘Maybe she should hire herself out as a writer of instruction manuals, you know, in between acting jobs.’
      • ‘They hire themselves out to other farms, working on the land that they love, but bringing home nothing but a paycheck at the end of the week.’
      • ‘Can I hire myself out as a Diablo fashion consultant?’
      • ‘I should hire myself out: if you find a flat you can't afford, get me to invest in the area and the prices will soon hit rock bottom.’
      • ‘The job involved hiring himself out as a garment worker in order to organize a shop from the inside.’


  • 1[mass noun] The action of hiring someone or something:

    ‘car hire is recommended’
    [as modifier] ‘a hire charge’
    • ‘Meanwhile, back at the airport, the cost of car hire and charter flights out of Ireland are savage in comparison with our neighbours.’
    • ‘All accommodation, travel, car hire and travel insurance can be booked through Perfect Places.’
    • ‘Travellers will also be able to book hotels, car hire, insurance and other travel services through the site.’
    • ‘It's not surprising, then, that when Gianforte made his first three hires, in March 1998, he hired salespeople - and only salespeople.’
    • ‘Car hire is only available with a driver in Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat.’
    • ‘Cardholders can also get reductions in shops, theatres, car hire outlets and restaurants.’
    • ‘It is the cheapest of the respectable car hire firms and recommended.’
    • ‘This includes return flights from Dublin via Newark, 14 nights accommodation, six-day convertible car hire, taxes and insurance.’
    • ‘Without car hire, but with accommodation in the more centrally-located two-star Hotel Bajamar, this costs €1,598.’
    • ‘A car from the boat hire company will collect them from the train station for an extra cost of €5, and bring them to Lake Fluessen.’
    • ‘However, could it be that these registrations are going into car hire fleets?’
    • ‘In short order that strategy yielded 47 entry-level hires for his 225-employee company.’
    • ‘Architects contemplating their first hires should do a budget based on revenues and operating costs plus the projected salaries.’
    • ‘I never thought that recruiting would be affected, but we've made a significant number of professional hires on the Internet this year.’
    • ‘In the days following the pub crawl, hundreds of resumes flooded Aylward's recruiting war room - and resulted in about 35 hires.’
    • ‘I read, or at least skim, many of these publications, since it's usually interesting to learn about new faculty hires and recent publications.’
    • ‘It also includes a seven day car hire and a connecting flight from Port Elizabeth to Capetown.’
    • ‘This includes international and internal flights and accommodation mentioned above, car hire and the Grand Canyon Picnic tour.’
    • ‘Getting around Italy is relatively easy and cheap, although car hire prices are on the rise.’
    • ‘Haifa and Ecuador however charge berth hire by ship length.’
    rent, rental, hiring, lease, leasing, charter
    engagement, engaging
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  • 2North American A person who is hired; an employee:

    ‘new hires go through six months of training’
    • ‘There is an apprentice program in the body shop and all new hires are skilled-trades workers.’
    • ‘Now, junior employees, called ‘new hires,’ operate the remote controls.’
    • ‘In a poll of employers for employability skills for new hires, interpersonal skills ranked highest in level of importance.’
    • ‘Sadly, the incompetence of many technical design staffs extends beyond new hires.’
    • ‘It now finds about 60% of its hires through employee referrals.’
    • ‘According to other estimates, a majority of all recent hires have been off the tenure track.’
    • ‘Ask your newest hires to make a presentation, and reward them for asking fresh questions.’
    • ‘She addressed the weakness by creating a mentoring program that matched new hires with experienced workers.’
    • ‘When BMW began investing in Leipzig in 2002, few of its new hires came from the ranks of the unemployed.’
    • ‘Even with a recent number of new hires, the average tenure of conference directors is nearly a decade.’
    • ‘Employees are also rewarded for drumming up new hires and new business.’
    • ‘‘Some 30 years ago, only 9 percent of new CEOs were outside hires,’ says Sessa.’
    • ‘Not only should companies check new hires but also current employees and contractors.’
    • ‘In general, the employees who quit were more recent hires who weren't as invested in the company.’
    • ‘From initial performance reviews of new hires, it is determined that the employees' average proficiency in problem solving is 25 percent.’
    • ‘Two of three respondents report that they listen to employee recommendations in recruiting new hires.’
    • ‘Before the XFL had teams or players, its Web site was stocked with information about new hires.’
    • ‘Saying no requires dedication; so does persuading recent hires to turn down a quick windfall.’
    • ‘Many other companies use similar titles for even line level employees and new hires from college.’
    • ‘The team that meets that daily mission is a mix of active-duty, Guard, Reserve, civilian employees, local hires and contractors.’


  • for (or on) hire

    • Available to be hired.

      • ‘It's hard to remember a time when so many worthy coaching candidates have been available for hire.’
      • ‘The kitchen and grill area are available for hire by tenants.’
      • ‘If you do not have a stroller, they are available for hire at the entrance to the parks.’
      • ‘The community centre is also available for hire for private functions such as birthday parties and barbecues.’
      • ‘The hall is available for hire for various activities.’
      • ‘Buzz is available for hire at children's parties, hen nights and even stag nights, although his exact role in the latter is unclear.’
      • ‘The castle is being turned over to the corporate entertainment business and is available for hire - at a price of course.’
      • ‘Mr Rekshop would like it known that he is available for hire as a deejay.’
      • ‘The hall is available for hire at a very reasonable price.’
      • ‘Jewellery, including pearls and tiaras, is available for hire or purchase.’
      • ‘An echo sounder is pretty well essential to find water of the correct depth, and Anders has a good stock of them available for hire.’
      • ‘Start by letting all your neighbors and parents' friends know you're available for hire.’
      • ‘Laptops, other office equipment and a meeting room are all available for hire and the meeting room is free for the first two hours.’
      • ‘The CCI also cited examples in the US where off-duty police are available for hire by businesses.’
      • ‘The sports hall and conference room are available to the public for hire.’
      • ‘The fact is that these old symbols are available for hire.’
      • ‘The carriages are also available for hire for events such as weddings.’
      • ‘The MCR Hall is available for hire over the coming summer months.’
      • ‘Private Taxis are also available for hire between Jammu and Katra.’
      • ‘Several of the old houses have been restored and are now available for hire.’


Old English hȳrian ‘employ someone for wages’, hȳr ‘payment under contract for the use of something’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch huren (verb), huur (noun).