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"hire" in American English

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hireverb [T]

 us   /hɑɪər/
to ​start to ​employ someone: You ought to hire a ​lawyer to ​handleyourtaxes.

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 British English

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hireverb [T]

uk   /haɪər/  us   /haɪr/
B1 UK (US rent) to ​pay to use something for a ​shortperiod: 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 ​particularjob: I was hired by the first ​company I ​applied to. [+ to infinitive] We ought to hire a ​publicrelationsconsultant tohelpimproveourimage.

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hirenoun

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

[U] UK an ​arrangement to use something by ​paying for it: The ​priceincludesflights and car hire. a hire car There's a ​campingshop 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 ​ourlatest hire.
(Definition of hire from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hire" in Business English

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hireverb [T]

uk   us   /haɪər/
HR to ​employ someone in a ​permanentjob: Increased ​businessmeans that the ​company will need to hire 15 new ​salesstaff.hire sb as sth A ​supervisor noticed her ​potential and hired her as a ​tradingtrainee.be hired by sb/sth Employees hired by a ​publicagency after July 1 will ​automatically be ​enrolled in the new ​contributionplan. Managers are given a ​freehand in hiring and ​firingemployees.
HR to ​pay a ​person or ​company to do a particular ​job for a ​shortperiod of ​time: We will hire a ​contractor to consider what can be done that is ​costeffective.
mainly UK ( US rent) COMMERCE to ​pay to use something for a ​shortperiod 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 ​shortperiod: car/equipment/plant hire Prices ​includereturnflights and ​car hire. There are plenty of ​carsavailable for hire. a hire ​business/​company/​firm
[C] HR a ​person who a ​company or ​organizationemploys in a ​permanentjob: 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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