Definition of hive in English:

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Pronunciation: /hīv/


1A beehive.
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.
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.
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
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  • 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]
1Place (bees) in a hive.
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.
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
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  • 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.

  • This Germanic word is probably related to Old Norse húfr ‘hull of a ship’ and Latin cupa ‘tub, cask’. Early hives were conical and made of straw.

Words that rhyme with hive

alive, arrive, chive, Clive, connive, contrive, deprive, dive, drive, five, gyve, I've, jive, live, MI5, revive, rive, shrive, skive, strive, survive, swive, thrive

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