From Middle English hire, hyre, here, hure, from Old English hȳr (“employment for wages; pay for service; interest on money lent”), from Proto-Germanic *hūrijō (“hire”), of uncertain origin. Compare Proto-Indo-European *kūs- (“price; hire”).
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: hīr, hīʹər, IPA(key): /haɪə/, /ˈhaɪə/
- (General American) enPR: hīr, hīʹər, IPA(key): /haɪɹ/, /ˈhaɪɚ/
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- Rhymes: -aɪə(ɹ)
- Homophone: higher
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 hire.
- 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?
- Bible, Luke x. 7
- 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 cohort.
- We pair up each of our new hires with one of our original hires.
- (transitive) To obtain the services of in return for fixed payment.
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.
1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 10, in The Celebrity:
- The skipper Mr. Cooke had hired at Far Harbor was a God-fearing man with a luke warm interest in his new billet and employer, and had only been prevailed upon to take charge of the yacht after the offer of an emolument equal to half a year's sea pay of an ensign in the navy.
- (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.
- (to employ): fire
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Compare Akan hyire (“white clay”).
- Trutenau, Languages of the Akan Area: Papers in Western Kwa Linguistics (1976)
- Alternative form of