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dive

verb  /dɑɪv/ ( past tense dived or dove  /doʊv/, past participle dived) us  

dive verb (MOVE DOWN)

[I] to jump head first into water, esp. with your arms held straight above your head, or to move down quickly through water or the air: Mark dove off the cliff into the ocean. Dolphins can dive to great depths. [+ to infinitive] The plane dived to avoid enemy aircraft fire.

dive verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I always + adv/prep] to jump or move quickly into or at something: When the football came loose, he dove at the ball and grabbed it. They dived for cover when it suddenly began to rain.

dive

noun  /dɑɪv/ us  

dive noun (PLACE)

dive noun (FALL)

[C] a sudden, large fall in amount or value: The firm’s profits took a dive last quarter.

dive noun (QUICK MOVE)

[U] a quick move or jump into or at something: White’s 1-yard dive with seconds left won the football game.
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