- 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.
- (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.
Origin of hive
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- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for hive off
Old English hyf "beehive," from Proto-Germanic *hufiz (cf. Old Norse hufr "hull of a ship"), from PIE *keup- "round container, bowl" (cf. Sanskrit kupah "hollow, pit, cave," Greek kypellon "cup," Latin cupa "tub, cask, vat"). Figurative sense of "swarming, busy place" is from 1630s. As a verb, of bees, etc., "to form themselves into a hive," c.1400; "to put bees in a hive," mid-15c.