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hire

1 verb
     
hire1 S3 [transitive]
1 British English to pay money to borrow something for a short period of time [= rent American English]
The best way to explore the island is to hire a car.
What does it cost to hire a boat for a week?
! Hire, lease, or rent?see usage note rent1
2
a) to employ someone for a short time to do a particular job:
Employers hire skilled people on fixed-term contracts.
hire somebody to do something
A City lawyer has been hired to handle the case.
b) American English to employ someone:
Businesses may only hire foreign workers where an American cannot be found.
the power to hire and fire (=employ and dismiss people)

hire something ↔ out

phrasal verb
1 to allow someone to borrow something for a short time in exchange for money
hire something ↔ out to
a little company that hires out boats to tourists
2

hire yourself out

to arrange to work for someone:
They were so poor they had to hire themselves out on the farms.
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rent, hire, lease
Rent is used to talk about paying to live in or use a building that is owned by someone else We rented an apartment together.In American English, you also rent a car or electrical equipment The TV is rented.In British English, you can use rent or hire, but it is more usual to say that you hire a car You can hire a car at the airport.Lease is used to talk about renting buildings, cars, or equipment over a long period of time, especially for business use If you upgrade computers regularly, it may work out cheaper to lease them.See also rent

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