a. A structure for housing domesticated honeybees.
b. A nest built by wild or feral bees.
c. A colony of bees living in such a structure or nest.
2. A place swarming with activity.
v. hived, hiv·ing, hives
1. To collect into a hive.
2. To store (honey) in a hive.
3. To store up; accumulate.
1. To enter and occupy a beehive.
2. To live with many others in close association.
To set apart from a group: hived off the department into another division.
[Middle English, from Old English hȳf.]
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