Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hȳr; akin to Old Saxon hūria hire
Date: before 12th century
a. payment for the temporary use of something
b. payment for labor or personal services ; wages
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.