1. To procure (any chattel or estate) from another person, for temporary use, for a compensation or equivalent; to purchase the use or enjoyment of for a limited time; as, to hire a farm for a year; to hire money.

2. To engage or purchase the service, labour, or interest of (any one) for a specific purpose, by payment of wages; as, to hire a servant, an agent, or an advocate.

3. To grant the temporary use of, for compensation; to engage to give the service of, for a price; to let; to lease; now usually with out, and often reflexively; as, he has hired out his horse, or his time. "They . . . Have hired out themselves for bread." (1 Sam. Ii. 5)

Origin: OE. Hiren, huren, AS. Hrian; akin to D. Huren, G. Heuern, Dan. Hyre, Sw. Hyra. See Hire.

(01 Mar 1998)

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