Definition of hive in English:
1.1The bees in a hive.
- The fly then emerges from its host, ready to infect other members of the hive.
- Still the pod drew nearer to the hive and risked entering the swarm.
- The state has 440,000 bee hives and beekeepers from other states drive their hives in each year to supplement them.
2A place in which people are busily occupied: the kitchen became a hive of activity
More example sentences
- Irish roads are a hive of activity as family members crisscross the countryside en route to family events.
- With the work complete just over a year ago, Airfield opened to the public and is now a hive of activity.
- A lot of people now don't bother going down to the communal area, when before it used to be a hive of life.
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hive something off
- chiefly British (Especially in business) separate something from a larger group or organization, especially from public to private ownership: the weekly magazine hived off by the BBCMore example sentences
- A showpiece leisure centre and concert venue opened just 10 years ago in York could be flattened as part of a plan to hive it off to the private sector.
- The authority's Building Maintenance Service is to be hived off to the Kier Group.
- I hope the FA will look at their rules with a view to strengthening them to prevent their assets being hived off and sold in a property deal.
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