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
  1. verb
    engage or hire for work
    “They hired two new secretaries in the department”
    synonyms: employ, engage
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    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
  2. verb
    engage for service under a term of contract
    synonyms: charter, engage, lease, rent, take
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    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  3. verb
    hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services
    synonyms: charter, lease, rent
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    type of:
    contract, undertake
    enter into a contractual arrangement
  4. noun
    the act of hiring something or someone
    “he signed up for a week's car hire
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    type of:
    act, deed, human action, human activity
    something that people do or cause to happen
  5. noun
    a newly hired employee
    “the new hires need special training”
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    type of:
    a worker who is hired to perform a job
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