To hire someone is to give a job to a person. An owner of a business, a manager, a human resources director, or a homeowner decides that a man or a woman has good qualifications for a job and wants to make that person part of a company or provide that person a form of employment.

  • They’re hiring new workers.
  • That new hotel is currently hiring.
  • A lot of retailers will be hiring in the summer.
  • My neighbor says he needs to hire someone to do some electrical work.
  • Who did they decide to hire?

The verb "hire" is often used in the passive voice:

  • Who was hired to do the job?
  • Twenty new people were hired last week as the company continues to expand.
  • Kevin was finally hired for a job after being unemployed for two years.
  • It’s difficult to get hired without certain computer skills.

hired worker He just got hired!

The word "hiring" is frequently used as a gerund:

  • Hiring new workers at that company came to a sudden stop when the recession began.
  • They’re doing a lot of hiring.
  • Who does the hiring for your company?
  • Do you know anyone hiring right now?

The word "hire" is sometimes used as a noun:

  • A new hire will start work next week. (a new hire = a new employee.)
  • They added ten new hires in the last year.

You can also use "hire" as an adjective by adding a "d" to the end of the word:

  • A newly hired worker has a lot to learn.
  • The farm found enough hired hands to complete the harvest. (hired hand = worker; a temporary laborer)

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April 9, 2013