Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “dive”

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
B1 [I] to swim underwater, usually with breathing equipment

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.

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). [I usually + adv/prep] to move quickly, often in order to avoid something: They dived for cover when they heard the shooting start. [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 competition

dive noun (LOSS)

[S] a sudden loss in value: The firm's profits took a dive last month.

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. [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 unfairly [C] a sudden quick movement: He made a dive for the door.

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.
(Definition of dive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of dive?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “dive” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

hello stranger

said to a person that you know but have not seen for a long time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More