[ hahyv ]
/ haɪv /
verb (used with object), hived, hiv·ing.
to gather into or cause to enter a hive.
to shelter as in a hive.
to store up in a hive.
to store or lay away for future use or enjoyment.
verb (used without object), hived, hiv·ing.
(of bees) to enter a hive.
to live together in or as in a hive.
hive off, British. to become transferred from the main body of a commercial or industrial enterprise through the agency of new ownership.
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Origin of hive
before 900; Middle English; Old English hȳf; akin to Old Norse hūfr ship's hull, Latin cūpa vat
OTHER WORDS FROM hivehive·less, adjectivehive·like, adjectivehiv·er, noun
Words nearby hive
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British Dictionary definitions for hive off (1 of 2)
to transfer or be transferred from a larger group or unit
(usually tr) to transfer (profitable activities of a nationalized industry) back to private ownership
British Dictionary definitions for hive off (2 of 2)
/ (haɪv) /
a structure in which social bees live and rear their young
a colony of social bees
a place showing signs of great industry (esp in the phrase a hive of activity)
a teeming crowd; multitude
an object in the form of a hive
to cause (bees) to collect or (of bees) to collect inside a hive
to live or cause to live in or as if in a hive
(tr) (of bees) to store (honey, pollen, etc) in the hive
(tr; often foll by up or away) to store, esp for future usehe used to hive away a small sum every week
Derived forms of hivehivelike, adjective
Word Origin for hive
Old English hӯf; related to Westphalian hüwe, Old Norse hūfr ship's hull, Latin cūpa barrel, Greek kupē, Sanskrit kūpa cave
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