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diveverb

us   /dɑɪv/ past tense dived or dove /doʊv/ , past participle dived
  • 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.

divenoun

us   /dɑɪv/
  • 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.
(Definition of dive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"dive" in British English

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diveverb

uk   /daɪv/ us   /daɪv/ past tense dived or US also dove, past participle dived
  • 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 dove off the bridge into the river. The submarine dived just in time to avoid the enemy attack.
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B1 [I] to swim underwater, usually with breathing equipment

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  • 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

divenoun

uk   /daɪv/ us   /daɪv/
  • dive noun (QUICK MOVEMENT)

[C] a movement down onto the ground: The goalkeeper made a valiant dive for the ball, but he couldn't quite get his hands on it. 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.
(Definition of dive from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dive" in Business English

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diveverb [I]

uk   /daɪv/ us   dived, US also dove, dived
to suddenly become less valuable: Shares prices dived 3.5% today to a three-month closing low. Pre-tax profits dove almost 60% to $105m against $245m in the same period last year.

divenoun [C, usually singular]

uk   /daɪv/ us  
a sudden loss of value or success: The bond market traded nervously as many shares on Wall Street took a dive and oil prices soared.
(Definition of dive from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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