divedive1 /daɪv/ ●●○ verb (past tense dived also dove /dəʊv $ doʊv/ American English, past participle dived) [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 1jump into waterDSS to jump into deep water with your head and arms going in firstdive into/off etc 🔊 She dived into a pool. 🔊 Diving off the cliffs is dangerous.► see thesaurus at jump2swim under waterDSS to swim under water using specialequipment to help you breathe 🔊 The first time you dive on a coral reef is an experience you will never forget.3go deeper/lowerTTAHBB to travel down through the air or through water to a lowerlevel 🔊 The submarine began to dive. 🔊 The aircraft appeared to dive vertically towards the crowd.4move quickly [always + adverb/preposition]MOVE/CHANGE POSITION to move or jump quickly in a particular direction or into a particular place 🔊 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).5 →dive into your bag/pocket etc6numbers if numbers, prices etc dive, they suddenly become much lower than before 🔊 The dollar dived against the yen in Tokyo today.7soccer to fall down deliberately in order to unfairly win a freekick or a penalty →dive in→ See Verb table
divedive2 ●●○ noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1MOVE/CHANGE POSITIONsudden movement a suddenmovement in a particular direction or into a particular place 🔊 She made a dive for the bathroom.2sudden fall a sudden fall in the amount, value, or success of something 🔊 The news put shares in a dive. 🔊 The team’s fortunes have taken a dive this year.3movement downwards when something moves down through the air or water 🔊 Thankfully, the pilot managed to pull out of the dive and regain control.steep/vertical dive4DSSjump a jump into deep water with your head and arms going in first5swim the act of going under water to swim, using special equipment to help you breathe6place informalDL a bar, club etc that is cheap and dirty7soccer the act of falling down deliberately in order to unfairly win a freekick or a penaltyCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: when something moves down through the air or waterverbsgo into a dive (=start to move downwards)The plane was in trouble, then it went into a dive.pull out of a dive (=stop a plane going down)He tried to pull out of the steep dive before hitting the ground.adjectivesa steep dive (=going down suddenly)The fighter plane went into a steep dive.a vertical dive (=going straight down)His actions sent the plane into a near vertical dive.a shallow dive (=going down slowly rather than suddenly)The bird captures its prey on the ground after a long, shallow dive.
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dive• It was a dive, but it was the only place to go that was near the airport.• Optionaldives are performed in the quarterfinal, followed by required dives in the semifinal and optionals again in the final.• She did a perfectdive from the top board.• That was a perfect dive.• Two BF109 planes flashedpast in a steepdive.• We prepared the bell for the dive.• Nobody else in this dive has any money, and for them it will he a long cold evening.taken a dive• Time after time, companies have taken a dive, leaving a mass of dead and dyinglabels in their wake.• I could have taken a dive along with you.• Their sales have taken a dive.steep/vertical dive• He then attacked a third which went down in a vertical dive, apparently into the sea.• There have been several cases of two-seaters being overstressed by pilots pulling back hard to recover from steep dives after spinrecoveries.• This, not his ethical problems, caused the steepest dive in his nationalpopularity, to its currentnadir.• He naturally tried to recover from the steep dive before striking the ground.