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"hire" in British English

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hireverb [T]

uk   /haɪər/  us   /haɪr/
B1 UK (US rent) to pay to use something for a short period: How much would it cost to hire a car for the weekend? You could always hire a dress for the ball if you can't afford to buy one.
B2 to employ someone or pay someone to do a particular job: I was hired by the first company I applied to. [+ to infinitive] We ought to hire a public relations consultant to help improve our image.

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hirenoun

uk   /haɪər/  us   /haɪr/
  • hire noun (THING)

[U] UK an arrangement to use something by paying for it: The price includes flights and car hire. a hire car There's a camping shop in town that has tents for hire (= available to be hired) at £30 a week.
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  • hire noun (PERSON)

[C] mainly US a person to whom a company has recently given a job: She's our latest hire.
(Definition of hire from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hire" in American English

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hireverb [T]

 us   /hɑɪər/
to start to employ someone: You ought to hire a lawyer to handle your taxes.

hirenoun [C]

 us   /hɑɪər/
an employee: Those retiring will be replaced by new hires.
(Definition of hire from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hire" in Business English

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hireverb [T]

uk   us   /haɪər/
HR to employ someone in a permanent job: Increased business means that the company will need to hire 15 new sales staff.hire sb as sth A supervisor noticed her potential and hired her as a trading trainee.be hired by sb/sth Employees hired by a public agency after July 1 will automatically be enrolled in the new contribution plan. Managers are given a free hand in hiring and firing employees.
HR to pay a person or company to do a particular job for a short period of time: We will hire a contractor to consider what can be done that is cost effective.
mainly UK ( US rent) COMMERCE to pay to use something for a short period of time: They hired a billboard in a prominent position on Oxford Street to promote the event.

hirenoun

uk   us   /haɪər/
[U] mainly UK ( US rental) COMMERCE an arrangement in which someone pays to use something for a short period: car/equipment/plant hire Prices include return flights and car hire. There are plenty of cars available for hire. a hire business/company/firm
[C] HR a person who a company or organization employs in a permanent job: additional/fresh/new hires Three-quarters of the debt-collection industry's new hires quit after just three months.
(Definition of hire from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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