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hire (v.)

Old English hyrian "pay for service, employ for wages, engage," from Proto-Germanic *hurjan (source also of Danish hyre, Old Frisian hera, Dutch huren, German heuern "to hire, rent"), of uncertain origin. Reflexively, "to agree to work for wages" from mid-13c. Related: Hired; hiring.

hire (n.)

"payment for work, use, or services; wages," from late Old English hyr "wages; interest, usury," from the verb or from a Proto-Germanic *hurja- (see hire (v.)). Cognate with Old Frisian here, Dutch huur, German heuer, Danish hyre.

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Definitions of hire from WordNet
1
hire (v.)
engage or hire for work;
They hired two new secretaries in the department
Synonyms: engage / employ
hire (v.)
hold under a lease or rental agreement; of goods and services;
Synonyms: rent / charter / lease
hire (v.)
engage for service under a term of contract;
Synonyms: lease / rent / charter / engage / take
2
hire (n.)
a newly hired employee;
the new hires need special training
hire (n.)
the act of hiring something or someone;
he signed up for a week's car hire
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