Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

dive  - definition and synonyms

 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [countable] dive pronunciation in American English /daɪv/
Word Forms
Close
singulardive
pluraldives
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  1. 1
    a jump into water with your head first and your arms stretched out in front of you
    1. a.
  2. 2
    a quick sudden movement toward the ground from the air

    The plane lost control and went into a dive.

  3. 3
    a sudden fall in the value of something
    take a dive (=fall):

    The share price took a percent dive last year.

  4. 4
    a sudden movement in a particular direction

    Bond made a dive for the gun lying on the floor.

  5. 6
    informal a bar or club that is dirty, inexpensive, and unpleasant

rat tail

a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

speak human

(of a politician) to be able to communicate and connect with ordinary people

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog