|Origin:||dufan 'to sink' and dyfan 'to put into liquid'|
dive1 past tense dived also dove AmE, past participle dived [intransitive]
to jump into deep water with your head and arms going in first
jump into waterDSS
dive into/off etc
She dived into a pool.
Diving off the cliffs is dangerous.
to swim under water using special equipment to help you breathe:
swim under waterDSS
The first time you dive on a coral reef is an experience you will never forget.
to travel down through the air or through water to a lower level:
The submarine began to dive.
The aircraft appeared to dive vertically towards the crowd.
to move or jump quickly in a particular direction or into a particular place:
move quickly[always + adverb/preposition]
Jackson dived after the ball.
We dived into a shop to avoid the rain.
The soldiers were diving for cover (=to protect themselves behind something).
to put your hand quickly in your bag, pocket etc in order to get something out:
He dived into his pocket and produced a packet of cigarettes.
if numbers, prices etc dive, they suddenly become much lower than before:
The dollar dived against the yen in Tokyo today.
dive inphrasal verb
Harvey dived in with several questions.