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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. 3
    to move quickly and suddenly towards the ground from the air

    The plane dived to the ground.

  4. 5
    to jump sideways or forwards, so that your body moves towards the ground

    Jones dived on the ball a metre from the line.

    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.

    2. b.

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