1 appoint, commission, employ, engage, sign up, take on
2 charter, engage, lease, let, rent
3 charge, cost, fee, price, rent, rental
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hire ( hires 3rd person present) ( hiring present participle) ( hired past tense & past participle )
1 verb If you hire someone, you employ them or pay them to do a particular job for you.
Sixteen of the contestants have hired lawyers and are suing the organisers... V n
The rest of the staff have been hired on short-term contracts... V
He will be in charge of all hiring and firing at PHA. V-ing
...the mystery assassin (who turned out to be a hired killer). V-ed
2 verb If you hire something, you pay money to the owner so that you can use it for a period of time.
To hire a car you must produce a passport and a current driving licence... V n
Her hired car was found abandoned at Beachy Head. V-ed
in AM, usually use rent
3 n-uncount You use hire to refer to the activity or business of hiring something.
(mainly BRIT) usu n N, N of n, N n
They booked our hotel, and organised car hire...
in AM, usually use rental
4 If something is for hire, it is available for you to hire. (mainly BRIT)
for hire phrase usu v-link PHR Fishing tackle is available for hire. in AM, usually use for rent hire out phrasal verb If you hire out something such as a car or a person's services, you allow them to be used in return for payment. Companies hiring out narrow boats report full order books... V P n (not pron), Also V n P
Hire purchase is a way of buying goods gradually. You make regular payments until you have paid the full price and the goods belong to you. The abbreviation HP is often used.
(BRIT) n-uncount oft N n
...buying a car on hire purchase.
in AM, usually use installment plan
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