• Payment for the temporary use of something.
  • Reward, payment.
  • The state of being hired, or having a job; employment.
  • A person who has been hired, especially in a cohort.


  • To obtain the services of in return for fixed payment.
  • To employ; to obtain the services of (a person) in exchange for remuneration; to give someone a job.
  • To exchange the services of for remuneration.
  • To accomplish by paying for services.
  • To accept employment.


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  • From Middle English hire, hyre, here, hure, from Old English hȳr, from Proto-West Germanic *hūʀiju, from Proto-Indo-European *kewHs-. Compare Hittite 𒆪𒊭𒀭.
  • Cognate with West Frisian hier, Dutch huur, German Low German Hüür.
  • From Middle English hiren, hyren, from Old English hȳrian, from the noun (see above). Compare West Frisian hiere, Dutch huren, Low German hüren, Danish hyre.
  • Eclipsed Middle English souden, borrowed from Old French souder, soudre, souldre; see English sold.

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