from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To engage the services of (a person) for a fee; employ: hired a new clerk.
  • transitive v. To engage the temporary use of for a fee; rent: hire a car for the day.
  • transitive v. To grant the services of or the temporary use of for a fee: hired himself out as a cook; hired out the cottage for the summer.
  • intransitive v. To obtain work: She hired on as a deck hand. He hired out as a photographer.
  • n. The act of hiring.
  • n. The condition or fact of being hired.
  • n. Payment for services; wages.
  • n. Payment for the use of something.
  • n. Informal One who is hired: two new hires in the sales department.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Payment for the temporary use of something.
  • n. Reward, payment.
  • n. The state of being hired, or having a job; employment.
  • n. A person who has been hired, especially in a cohort.
  • v. To obtain the services of in return for fixed payment.
  • v. To employ; to obtain the services of (a person) in exchange for remuneration; to give someone a job.
  • v. To exchange the services of for remuneration.
  • v. To accomplish by paying for services.
  • v. To accept employment

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The price, reward, or compensation paid, or contracted to be paid, for the temporary use of a thing or a place, for personal service, or for labor; wages; rent; pay.
  • n. A bailment by which the use of a thing, or the services and labor of a person, are contracted for at a certain price or reward.
  • pro. See here, pron.
  • transitive v. To procure (any chattel or estate) from another person, for temporary use, for a compensation or equivalent; to purchase the use or enjoyment of for a limited time
  • transitive v. To engage or purchase the service, labor, or interest of (any one) for a specific purpose, by payment of wages.
  • transitive v. To grant the temporary use of, for compensation; to engage to give the service of, for a price; to let; to lease; -- now usually with out, and often reflexively.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To engage the use of for a consideration; agree to pay a price or give an equivalent for the use of: as, to hire a horse and carriage; to hire a house for a year.
  • To engage the services of; employ for wages, a salary, or other consideration: as, to hire laborers, a clerk, a teacher, etc.
  • To engage the interest of; agree to pay for the desired action or conduct of; bribe; reward.
  • To borrow (money).
  • To grant the temporary use of for compensation; lend the service of for a reward; let; lease: often with out: as, to hire out a horse or carriage.
  • Synonyms Hire, Let, Rent, Lease, Charter. The verb hire applies to both persons and property, but is appropriately used to designate the act of an employer, tenant, or bailee who engages some person or thing by a promise to pay hire. Let applies only to property, and only to the act of the owner or lessor. Rent and lease apply only to property, but are used indifferently of the act of the owner or lessor and that of the tenant. Charter is used only of vessels (and colloquially of railroad-cars and -engines), but is used appropriately of the act of the hirer, not that of the lessor, unless so indicated by the context. See employ.
  • See he.
  • n. A price, reward, or compensation paid or contracted to be given for the use of something.
  • n. A reward or recompense paid for personal service; wages.
  • n. Compensation in general; reward.
  • n. Synonyms Wages, Pay, etc. (see salary), remuneration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. engage for service under a term of contract
  • n. a newly hired employee
  • v. engage or hire for work
  • v. hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
  • n. the act of hiring something or someone


Middle English hiren, from Old English hȳrian.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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"). (Wiktionary)



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