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verb [intransitive] dive pronunciation in British English /daɪv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlediving
past tensedived
past participledived
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  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
    1. a.
      to move downwards through water
      She dived down to the floor of the pool.
  3. 4
    to lose value very quickly
    Earnings per share dived from 24.5p to 14.6p.

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