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verb [intransitive] dive pronunciation in American English /daɪv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlediving
past tensedove or dived
past participledived
  1. 1
    to jump into water with your head first and with your arms stretched out in front of you
    He hesitated for a second and then dived.
    dive into/in: Paul dived into the pool.
    Don’t dive in without looking!
    dive off: She dived off the top board.
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  2. 2
    to swim underwater, usually using special equipment so that you can breathe
    go diving: We both went diving when we were on vacation.
    dive for: young men diving for pearls
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    1. a.
      to move downward through water
      She dived down to the floor of the pool.
  3. 3
    to move quickly and suddenly toward the ground from the air
    The plane dove to the ground.
  4. 4
    to jump sideways or forward, so that your body moves toward the ground
    Jones dived on the ball a yard from the end zone.
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    1. a.
      to move very quickly in a particular direction or into a particular position, especially to avoid something
      He dived out of the way, reaching for his gun.
      They dived into a doorway.
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  5. 5
    to lose value very quickly
    Earnings per share dived from $1.95 to $1.08.

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