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Definition of dive verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dive
    he / she / it dives
    past simple dived
    past participle dived
    -ing form diving
    jump to other results
    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 dove into the river to cool off. He dove off the bridge. Sam walked to the deep end of the pool and dove in.
  2. underwater
  3. 2go diving [intransitive] to swim underwater wearing breathing equipment, collecting or looking at things to dive for pearls The main purpose of his vacation to Greece was to go diving. see also diving
  4. 3[intransitive] to go to a deeper level underwater The submarine dived to avoid being seen. The whale dove 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 dove down to attack. see also nosedive
  7. of prices
  8. 5[intransitive] to fall suddenly synonym plunge The share price dove from 49 cents to an all-time low of 40 cents.
  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 dove for cover (= got into a place where we would be protected). The goalie dove for the ball, but missed it. + adv./prep. It started to rain so we dove into the nearest store.
  11. 7[intransitive] (in soccer, field hockey, etc.) to fall deliberately when someone tackles you, so that the referee awards a foul
  12. Phrasal Verbsdive indive into something
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dive