v. hired, hir·ing, hires
a. To engage the services of (a person) for a fee; employ: hired a new clerk.
b. To engage the temporary use of for a fee; rent: hire a car for the day.
2. To grant the services of or the temporary use of for a fee: hired himself out as a cook; hired out the cottage for the summer.
To obtain work: She hired on as a deck hand. He hired out as a photographer.
a. The act of hiring.
b. The condition or fact of being hired.
a. Payment for services; wages.
b. Payment for the use of something.
3. Informal One who is hired: two new hires in the sales department.
[Middle English hiren, from Old English hȳrian.]
hira·ble, hirea·ble adj.
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