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verb hire pronunciation in British English /ˈhaɪə(r)/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhire
he/she/ithires
present participlehiring
past tensehired
past participlehired
  1. 1
    [transitive] British if you hire something, such as a car, room, or piece of equipment, you pay the owner so that you can use it, especially for a short time. The usual American word is rent

    You can hire a car at the airport.

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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to pay someone to work for you, especially for a short time

    I hired someone to paint the house.

    hire and fire:

    His main responsibility is hiring and firing.

  3. 3

    hire

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    hire out

    [transitive] British spoken to let someone use something temporarily in return for money. The usual American word for this is rent out

    There are several companies that hire office equipment to businesses.

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