Definition of dive verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//daɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪv//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dive
    BrE BrE//daɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪv//
    he / she / it dives
    BrE BrE//daɪvz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪvz//
    past simple dived
    BrE BrE//daɪvd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪvd//
    (North American English also) past simple dove
    BrE BrE//dəʊv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//doʊv//
    past participle dived
    BrE BrE//daɪvd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪvd//
    -ing form diving
    BrE BrE//ˈdaɪvɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdaɪvɪŋ//
    Soccer, Trends, Diving, Hobbies, Plane travel, Swimming
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    jump into water
  1. 1[intransitive] dive (from/off something) (into something) | dive (in) to jump into water with your head and arms going in first We dived into the river to cool off. He dived off the bridge. Sam walked to the deep end of the pool and dived in. Wordfinderarmband, dive, flipper, float, goggles, length, paddle, stroke, swim, water wings See related entries: Diving, Swimming
  2. underwater
  3. 2(also go diving) [intransitive] to swim underwater wearing breathing equipment, collecting or looking at things to dive for pearls The main purpose of his holiday to Greece was to go diving. see also diving See related entries: Hobbies
  4. 3[intransitive] to go to a deeper level underwater The submarine dived to avoid being seen. The whale dived as the harpoon struck it.
  5. of birds/aircraft
  6. 4[intransitive] to go steeply down through the air The seagulls soared then dived. The plane dived down to attack. see also nosedive See related entries: Plane travel
  7. of prices
  8. 5[intransitive] to fall suddenly synonym plunge The share price dived from 75p to an all-time low of 50p. See related entries: Trends
  9. move/jump/fall
  10. 6[intransitive] (informal) to move or jump quickly in a particular direction, especially to avoid something, to try to catch a ball, etc. dive for something We heard an explosion and dived for cover (= got into a place where we would be protected). The goalie dived for the ball, but missed it. + adv./prep. It started to rain so we dived into the nearest cafe.
  11. 7[intransitive] (in football (soccer ), hockey, etc.) to fall deliberately when somebody tackles you, so that the referee awards a foul See related entries: Soccer
  12. Word OriginOld English dūfan ‘dive, sink’ and dȳfan ‘immerse’, of Germanic origin; related to deep and dip.Extra examples He dived head first into the water. He dived headlong into the ditch. He went to Greece to go diving. She dived from the top diving board. The plane suddenly dived from 10 000 feet to 5 000. Unlike some birds, it does not dive vertically. We heard an explosion and dived for cover. diving for pearls Phrasal Verbsdive into something
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