I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hȳr; akin to Old Saxon hūria hire Date: before 12th century 1. a. payment for the temporary use of something b. payment for labor or personal services ; wages 2. a. the act or an instance of hiring b. the state of being hired ; employment 3. British rental — often used attributively 4. one who is hired <
starting wage for the new hires
II. verb (hired; hiring) Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. a. to engage the personal services of for a set sum <
hire a crew
b. to engage the temporary use of for a fixed sum <
hire a hall
2. to grant the personal services of or temporary use of for a fixed sum <
hire themselves out
3. to get done for pay <
hire the mowing done
intransitive verb to take employment <
hire out as a guide during the tourist season
hirer noun Synonyms: hire, let, lease, rent, charter mean to engage or grant for use at a price. hire and let strictly speaking, are complementary terms, hire implying the act of engaging or taking for use and let the granting of use <
we hired a car for the summer
decided to let the cottage to a young couple
. lease strictly implies a letting under the terms of a contract but is often applied to hiring on a lease <
the diplomat leased an apartment for a year
. rent stresses the payment of money for the full use of property and may imply either hiring or letting <
instead of buying a house, they decided to rent
will not rent to families with children
. charter applies to the hiring or letting of a vehicle usually for exclusive use <
charter a bus to go to the game

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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