, from Middle English 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 ”).
hire ( plural ) hires
Payment for the temporary use of something.
The sign offered pedalos on hire.
( obsolete ) Reward, payment.
Bible, Luke x. 7
The labourer is worthy of his
1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, II.viii:
I will him reaue of armes, the victors
hire, / And of that shield, more worthy of good knight; / For why should a dead dog be deckt in armour bright? The state of being hired, or having a job; employment.
When my grandfather retired, he had over twenty mechanics in his hire. A person who has been hired, especially in a
We pair up each of our new hires with one of our original hires.
the state of being hired, or having a job; employment
a person who has been hired
hire ( third-person singular simple present , hires present participle , hiring simple past and past participle ) hired
( transitive ) To obtain the services of in return for fixed payment.
: 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 16, The Mirror and the Lamp
“[…] She takes the whole thing with desperate seriousness. But the others are all easy and jovial—thinking about the good fare that is soon to be eaten, about the hired fly, about anything.”
We hired a car for two weeks because ours had broken down.
( transitive ) To employ; to obtain the services of (a person) in exchange for remuneration; to give someone a job.
The company had problems when it tried to hire more skilled workers.
( transitive ) To exchange the services of for remuneration.
They hired themselves out as day laborers. They hired out their basement for Inauguration week.
( transitive ) To accomplish by paying for services.
After waiting two years for her husband to finish the tiling, she decided to hire it done.
( intransitive ) To accept employment.
They hired out as day laborers.
Derived terms Edit
Terms derived from
to obtain the services of in return for fixed payment
American Sign Language:
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( استخدم istákhdama), ( شغل shághghala), ( استعمل istá3mala) Bulgarian:
наемам ( (bg) naémam) Catalan:
contractar (ca) Chinese:
, 雇傭 雇佣 ( (zh) gùyōng), 雇 ( (zh) gù) Czech:
aanwerven , (nl) aanstellen (nl) Finnish:
palkata , (fi) työllistää , (fi) ottaa työhön French:
embaucher , (fr) employer , (fr) recruter , (fr) engager (fr) German:
, anwerben anstellen , (de) einstellen (de) Irish:
impiegare , (it) ingaggiare Japanese:
( 雇う やとう, yatou), 雇用する ( (ja) こようする, koyō-suru) Latin:
( најмува nájmuva), ( изнајмува iznájmuva) Norwegian:
najmować (do pracy), zatrudniać Portuguese:
contratar , (pt) empregar (pt) Romanian:
angaja (ro) Russian:
нанимать (ru) ( impf nanimát'), нанять (ru) ( pf nanját'), трудоустраивать (ru) ( impf trudoustráivat'), трудоустроить (ru) ( pf trudoustróit') Scottish Gaelic:
to exchange the services of for remuneration
to accomplish by paying for services
to accept employment
, mennä töihin palkkautua
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Rōmaji reading of ひれ Middle English Edit
Alternative form of . hir Old English Edit
Genitive of hēo
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