—v.t. 1. to engage the services of (a person or persons) for wages or other payment: to hire a clerk. 2. to engage the temporary use of at a set price; rent: to hire a limousine. 3. hire on, to obtain employment; take a job: They hired on as wranglers with the rodeo. 4. hire out, to offer or exchange one's services for payment: He hired himself out as a handyman.
—n. 1. the act of hiring.
2. the state or condition of being hired.
3. the price or compensation paid or contracted to be paid for the temporary use of something or for personal services or labor; pay: The laborer is worthy of his hire. 4. Informal.a person hired or to be hired: Most of our new hires are college-educated. 5. for hire, available for use or service in exchange for payment. Also,on hire.
—adj. Brit.available for hire; rental: a hire car.