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[klahyv] /klaɪv/
Robert (Baron Clive of Plassey) 1725–74, British general and statesman in India.
a male given name, form of Cleve. Unabridged
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  • I lighted a candle, folded the note and sealed it, addressed it to Mrs. Clive, and opening the latticed door I stepped out.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • Better try Mr Clive, second door on the left in the next passage.'

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Clive will go away and work at his art, and see the great schools of painting while I am absent.

    The Newcomes William Makepeace Thackeray
  • Clive sat absently fidgeting with his glass, and Athalie watched him.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • In the darkness, it was impossible for Clive to attempt a pursuit.

    With Clive in India G. A. Henty
British Dictionary definitions for Clive


Robert, Baron Clive of Plassey. 1725–74, British general and statesman, whose victory at Plassey (1757) strengthened British control in India
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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