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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cost of hiring a vintage car or stretch limo for the big day tends to vary from company to company.’
    • ‘Try hiring an insurance replacement rental car in Buffalo!’
    • ‘So on auction day, forget property makeover; instead, hire a few prestige cars and park them up and down the street.’
    • ‘Men may hire rental cars from the arrival lounge.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the weekend Adam hired the movie Saving Private Ryan and watched it with the volume up really loud.’
    • ‘A young man hired a sports car under a false name then crashed at high speed and killed his best friend.’
    • ‘They can offset this saving against the cost of hiring a car for part of the holiday.’
    • ‘They are interested in hiring a car so they can have the freedom to explore at their leisure.’
    • ‘Anglers can obtain permits and hire a boat from John Scotts Shop, Aughagower, Westport.’
    • ‘Before travelling, I opted to hire a car via the internet.’
    • ‘In May, my wife and I hired a car from a rental company at Stansted airport.’
    • ‘An excellent and reasonably-priced railway service means there is no need for visitors to hire a car.’
    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’
      • ‘Successive administrators of Moore's estate hired them out to employers whose payments provided proceeds for the estate.’
      • ‘To start with at least, we intend to keep running it as it has been by hiring it out to other groups.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Rather than let them gather dust, management decided to increase revenue by hiring them out.’
      • ‘These may be government-run, but the labour in these prisons can be hired out to corporations.’
      • ‘But the centre's committee took the decision to stop hiring it out because of escalating costs and strains on manpower.’
      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’
    • ‘The most crucial step in ensuring marketing success is hiring someone to manage and coordinate the effort.’
    • ‘Small businesses won't expand because they'll actually have to pay fair wages to hire workers instead of paying them with options.’
    • ‘The third common option is to hire someone who has played at the top level but not had success.’
    • ‘Selma wanted more corporations to hire her as their primary medical vendor.’
    • ‘If the Broncos would fire him tomorrow, there would be a line of teams willing to fire their coaches and hire him.’
    • ‘While smaller firms may be able to use your skills, many of them cannot commit to hiring you on a permanent basis.’
    • ‘Irish employers can now hire anyone from the new countries, and many are willing to work for less than their Irish counterparts.’
    • ‘What made his job search remarkable is that Phelps never met the people who hired him.’
    • ‘In the end, it's likely that no one - not even the boss who hires you - will read your résumé word for word.’
    • ‘I can refuse to be the manager and we can hire someone.’
    • ‘In Hong Kong, a person is defined as underemployed when he or she is hired to work less than 35 hours a week.’
    • ‘If you spend, borrow, set up a business, hire someone or get fired, these are actions that matter.’
    • ‘Although I was hired to help her fit in with the existing culture, it was just a bad match.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Braden suggests that first-timers hire someone with government experience to jump-start a subcontracting venture.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Your subordinates are jerks and I think you should hire me to fire them.’
    • ‘I shared my experience with her on how I once hired someone who was unqualified for a job.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘David bribed the private detective that Stephanie hired to make her look paranoid.’
      • ‘Potential investors can do the market analysis on their own or hire someone else - a market researcher or consultant - to do it for them.’
      • ‘Killer 7, a group of assassins, are hired to eliminate the terrorist group and save the day.’
      • ‘And they will hire the finest lawyers and planners to navigate their private fortunes safely through the arcane niceties of the tax code.’
      • ‘They had been hired out as assassins before, but they hadn't had someone request for that kind of job in awhile.’
      • ‘Private detectives could be hired to help win the fight against fly-tippers in Tendring.’
      • ‘I was a supporter of Sir Marc, and the assassin he hired to kill you and your parents.’
      • ‘The story revolves around a private eye who is hired by someone to hunt down a computer hacker known as Trinity.’
      • ‘Distraught and depressed, the old veteran accomplishes this by sacrificing himself to an assassin he hires.’
      • ‘An insanely jealous Italian farang is in despair after hiring a local private detective to follow his wife.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The night before the opening, we left assured that a private electrician would be hired to connect it up.’
      • ‘He plays the freaky, balding assassin Maguire who's hired to eliminate Sullivan.’
      • ‘There might be companies that would want to hire her for corporate events.’
      • ‘A driver quietly explained that, if the guard were fired, he would hire someone to take revenge.’
      • ‘The Glenns secured a grant from the Bureau of Land Management to hire someone to clean up the garbage.’
      • ‘Second-home owners spend far above average on hiring someone to care for their properties.’
      • ‘And as in Europe, airports should be free to hire certified private security firms to perform these services.’
      • ‘The murder was not carried out because the hired assassin changed his mind and reported the matter to the police.’
      • ‘The Baron then puts out a hit on the very assassin he hired, leading to a complete reversal of sides.’
    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.’
      • ‘The job involved hiring himself out as a garment worker in order to organize a shop from the inside.’
      • ‘They formed a union and hired themselves out to theatres much the way longshoremen are sent out to different ports.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After all, they are hiring themselves out on a daily basis for minimum wage to perform defined short-term jobs as unskilled manual laborers.’
      • ‘Maybe she should hire herself out as a writer of instruction manuals, you know, in between acting jobs.’
      • ‘In the comments to this post, Laura of 11D says ‘… you should hire yourself out to universities to give lectures to upcoming graduates.’
      • ‘In the Golden State, they can also hire themselves out as ‘private judges.’’


  • 1mass 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.’
    • ‘Car hire is only available with a driver in Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat.’
    • ‘It also includes a seven day car hire and a connecting flight from Port Elizabeth to Capetown.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is the cheapest of the respectable car hire firms and recommended.’
    • ‘Architects contemplating their first hires should do a budget based on revenues and operating costs plus the projected salaries.’
    • ‘This includes international and internal flights and accommodation mentioned above, car hire and the Grand Canyon Picnic tour.’
    • ‘It's not surprising, then, that when Gianforte made his first three hires, in March 1998, he hired salespeople - and only salespeople.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the days following the pub crawl, hundreds of resumes flooded Aylward's recruiting war room - and resulted in about 35 hires.’
    • ‘In short order that strategy yielded 47 entry-level hires for his 225-employee company.’
    • ‘I read, or at least skim, many of these publications, since it's usually interesting to learn about new faculty hires and recent publications.’
    • ‘Cardholders can also get reductions in shops, theatres, car hire outlets and restaurants.’
    • ‘I never thought that recruiting would be affected, but we've made a significant number of professional hires on the Internet this year.’
    • ‘Haifa and Ecuador however charge berth hire by ship length.’
    • ‘All accommodation, travel, car hire and travel insurance can be booked through Perfect Places.’
    • ‘However, could it be that these registrations are going into car hire fleets?’
    • ‘Travellers will also be able to book hotels, car hire, insurance and other travel services through the site.’
    • ‘Getting around Italy is relatively easy and cheap, although car hire prices are on the rise.’
    rent, rental, hiring, lease, leasing, charter
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  • 2North American A person who is hired; an employee.

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

    • Available to be hired.

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


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).