Meaning of HIRE in English

I. ˈhī(ə)r, ˈhīə noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hȳr; akin to Old Frisian hēre tax, lease, rent, Old Saxon hūra, hūria, Middle Low German & Middle Dutch hūre


a. : payment for the temporary use of something

the heaviest single item of government expenditure is … the hire of the money we borrowed for the war — G.B.Shaw

b. : payment for labor or personal services : wages

the laborer is worthy of his hire — Lk 10:7 (Authorized Version)



(1) : the act of hiring

the government office which controlled the hire of coolies — Dillon Ripley

(2) : an instance of such act

the monthly base compensation payroll … is $70,000 as the result of new hires and merit and length-of-service increases — U.S. Code

b. : the state of being hired : employment

men of every political leaning are in the hire of big corporations — Robert Shaplen

Synonyms: see wage

- for hire

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English hiren, from Old English hȳrian; akin to Old Frisian hēra to lease, Middle Low German & Middle Dutch huren; denominatives from the root of English hire (I)

transitive verb


a. : to engage the personal services of for a fixed sum : employ for wages

many clergy fought in person, and others hired substitutes — G.G.Coulton

the leader … hires staff people to think up the ideas — W.H.Whyte

— sometimes used with away or on

can hire them away from any company … if you offer them a few more dollars — W.J.Reilly

the crew was fully hired on — John Hersey

b. : to engage the temporary use of for a fixed sum

came down with a hundred people in four private cars and hired a whole floor of the … hotel — Scott Fitzgerald

hired a car for the afternoon — Elizabeth Bowen

c. archaic : borrow

she can hire the money, and I know she will pay you — A.D.McFaul


a. : to grant the personal services of for a fixed sum — often used with out

have been hiring themselves out as practical consultants — Vance Packard

the colonel had hired out most of his slaves — Winston Churchill

b. : to grant the temporary use of for a fixed sum

bored-looking camels which they hire to visitors as props for exotic snapshots — Mollie Panter-Downes

— often used with out

the town council hired out chairs for visitors — B.L.K.Henderson

3. : to pay for having (something done)

my father … had to hire all his share of the farm work done — W.A.White

intransitive verb

: to accept employment

asked me if I would hire with him to tend shop and keep books — John Woolman

- hire one's time

III. noun

: one who is hired

met the new hires

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.