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dive

verb uk   /daɪv/ (past tense dived or US also dove, past participle dived) us  

dive verb (IN WATER)

B1 to jump into water, especially with your head and arms going in first, or to move down under the water: Look at those children diving for oysters over there! They ran to the pool, dived in, and swam to the other side. Mark dived off the bridge into the river. The submarine dived just in time to avoid the enemy attack.
See also
Swimming
B1 [I] to swim underwater, usually with breathing equipmentSwimming

dive verb (BECOME LESS)

[I] to fall in value suddenly and by a large amount: The company's shares dived by 90p to 65p on the stock market yesterday.Moving downwardsFalling and droppingBecoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong

dive verb (MOVE QUICKLY)

[I] to go down very quickly: The plane dived towards the ground and exploded in a ball of flame. The goalkeeper dived for the ball (= tried to catch the ball by jumping towards it and falling on the ground).Moving downwardsFalling and dropping [I usually + adv/prep] to move quickly, often in order to avoid something: They dived for cover when they heard the shooting start.Moving quickly [I] in football, to fall down deliberately without another player causing you to fall, in order to try to win a penalty or a free kick unfairly: Referees should be booking players when they dive.
Phrasal verbs

dive

noun uk   /daɪv/ us  

dive noun (INTO WATER)

B2 [C] a jump into water with your head going in first: the best dive of the competitionGeneral terms used in ball sportsSwimming

dive noun (LOSS)

[S] a sudden loss in value: The firm's profits took a dive last month.Moving downwardsFalling and droppingBecoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong

dive noun (QUICK MOVEMENT)

[C] a movement down onto the ground: The goalkeeper made a valiant dive for the ball, but couldn't stop it going in the net. The plane went into a dive.General terms used in ball sportsSwimming [C] in football, the action of falling down deliberately without another player causing you to do so, in order to try to win a penalty or free kick unfairlyGeneral terms used in ball sports [C] a sudden quick movement: He made a dive for the door.Moving quickly

dive noun (PLACE)

[C] informal a restaurant, hotel, bar, or place for entertainment or social activities that is unpleasant because of the condition of the building or the type of people that go there: I know this place is a bit of a dive, but the drink's cheap and the food's great.Unpleasant placesPlaces and locationsHotels and hostelsPublic entertainment venues
(Definition of dive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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