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



    BrE BrE//daɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//daɪv//
    Diving, Plane travel, Swimming
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    jump into water
  1. 1a jump into deep water with your head first and your arms in front of you a spectacular high dive (= from high above the water) See related entries: Diving, Swimming
  2. underwater
  3. 2an act of going underwater and swimming there with special equipment a dive to a depth of 18 metres
  4. of birds/aircraft
  5. 3an act of suddenly flying downwards See related entries: Plane travel
  6. bar/club
  7. 4(informal) a bar, music club, etc. that is cheap, and perhaps dark or dirty The band played in every smoky dive in town.
  8. fall
  9. 5(in football (soccer ), hockey, etc.) a deliberate fall that a player makes when somebody tackles them, so that the referee awards a foul Rooney’s dive won England a penalty.
  10. Word OriginOld English dūfan ‘dive, sink’ and dȳfan ‘immerse’, of Germanic origin; related to deep and dip.Extra examples She made a dive for the door. She made a running dive to get across the crevasse. The economy is on a headlong dive to disaster. The market is volatile and profits could take a dive. The pilot seemed to be having difficulty in pulling out of the dive. The plane went into a steep dive. There would be a dive for the bar as soon as the show finished. We did a deep dive to see if we could find the wreckage.Idioms
    make a dive (for something)
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    to suddenly move or jump forward to do something or reach somebody/something The goalkeeper made a dive for the ball. Paul made a dive for the fridge to get a drink.
    (informal) to suddenly get worse Profits really took a dive last year. See related entries: Trends
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