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verb [intransitive] dive pronunciation in British English /daɪv/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theydive
he/she/itdives
present participlediving
past tensedived
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.

  2. 2
    to swim underwater, usually using special equipment so that you can breathe
    go diving:

    We both went diving when we were on holiday.

    dive for:

    young men diving for pearls

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  3. 4
    to lose value very quickly

    Earnings per share dived from 24.5p to 14.6p.

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