When you hire someone, you invite them to work for you or the company you represent. If you manage your local ice cream shop, it might be part of your job to hire extra ice cream scoopers for the busy summer season.

Your boss at the animal shelter might hire you immediately if she's desperate for help — or if you impress her as a true animal lover. Once she does, she can call you "a new hire," or a recently hired employee. It's less common in the U.S. than in Britain, but you can also say you hire a car when you rent or lease one. Hire comes from the Old English hyr, which means both "wages" and "interest."

Definitions of hire

v engage or hire for work

“They hired two new secretaries in the department”
employ, engage
can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
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hire more workers than are necessary
appoint someone to (a position or a job)
ask to represent; of legal counsel
hire for work on a ship
contract, sign, sign on, sign up
engage by written agreement
employ scabs or strike breakers in
farm out, job, subcontract
arranged for contracted work to be done by others
contract out
assign a job to someone outside one's own business

v engage for service under a term of contract

charter, engage, lease, rent, take
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services

charter, lease, rent
Type of:
contract, undertake
enter into a contractual arrangement

n the act of hiring something or someone

“he signed up for a week's car hire
Type of:
act, deed, human action, human activity
something that people do or cause to happen

n a newly hired employee

“the new hires need special training”
Type of:
a worker who is hired to perform a job

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