Student or Learner
Would you be kind enough to explain to me the difference between the meanings of “hire” and ”charter”?
They hired a car and went to the seaside. There they hired a house near the sea.
He hired out bicycles by the hour.
We hired a sailing boat at the yard by the bridge, and started off.
The class chartered a bus to take them to Vitosha.
Many foreign countries, organizations and companies charter Bulgarian plains for near and distant flights.
They chartered a plane and would be going back on Saturday.
On the other hand would you be kind enough to tell me your opinion concerning the usage of “rent” and “employ”?
The Company rented this building because it was in the center of the city.
They rented this small and dirty cottage because they had no other choice.
This factory employs hundreds of workers.
He employed several boys in his workshop.
For your information the mentioned above four verbs convey always the same in my native language.
Thank you for your efforts.
1. 'Hire' and 'charter' are used when talking about similar contexts ie. the use of machinery/ transport that is not your own.
'hire' is used more when I use and operate something myself especially if it is easy to do so.
'charter' is used to refer to larger forms of transport eg planes which have more regulation over their use.
In both cases money is paid for the use of something or for a service. If you look at the examples the contexts are not exactly the same.
2. 'rent' is very similar to 'hire'. 'I can say I rented a cottage' or 'I hired a cottage' but 'rent' may be more common.
3. 'hire' can also have the meaning of 'employ' - engage someone to do a job. Like 'hire' and 'charter', 'hire' and 'employ' are used slightly differently. I attached one definition of 'hire' to compare with 'employ'.
hire - Definition from Longman English Dictionary Online see #2