Definition of hive in English:


Syllabification: hive
Pronunciation: /hīv


  • 1A beehive.
    More example sentences
    • In addition, nonhumans would own what they build, such as hives and nests.
    • Move slowly, especially through overhanging vegetation and brush, to avoid disturbing nests and hives.
    • If you overwinter your hive, don't harvest all the honey from the hive.
  • 1.1The bees in a hive.
    More example sentences
    • 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.
  • 1.2A thing that has the domed shape of a beehive.
    More example sentences
    • So, we have put the nuc into a full-size hive and are crossing our fingers.
    • As if to literalize the longing of the title, a breathtakingly extended axle-like element joins a towering wheel to a tall woven hive shape.
  • 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.


[with object] Back to top  
  • 1Place (bees) in a hive.
    More example sentences
    • However, in getting the bees hived, one may be charged with trespassing.
    • However the bees hived over it have never seemed to thrive, and always appeared less active when compared to the other swarms hived at the same time.
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of bees) enter a hive.
    More example sentences
    • I have bees hiving between the siding and the studs by our side door.
    • According to legend, the invading Tibetans were set upon by bees hiving in the nearby woods.

Phrasal verbs

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 BBC
More 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.


Old English hȳf, of Germanic origin.

More definitions of hive

Definition of hive in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skōSH
a small amount; a little