dive

verb
\ˈdīv \
dived\ˈdīvd \ or dove\ˈdōv \; dived also dove; diving

Definition of dive 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to plunge into water intentionally and especially headfirst also : to execute a dive (see dive entry 2 sense 1a(1)) diving into the pool from the highest platform

b : submerge the submarine dived

2a : to come or drop down precipitously : plunge the temperature is diving

b : to plunge one's hand into something dived into his pocket

c of an airplane : to descend in a dive

3a : to plunge into some matter or activity she dove into her studies

b : to plunge or dash for some place diving for cover also : to lunge especially in order to seize something dove for the ball

transitive verb

1 : to thrust into something diving one's hands into the icy water

2 : to cause to dive dive a submarine

dive

noun

Definition of dive (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the act or an instance of diving: such as

a(1) : a plunge into water executed in a prescribed manner practicing her dives

(2) nautical : a submerging of a submarine

(3) aviation : a steep descent of an airplane at greater than the maximum speed of horizontal flight

b : a sharp decline Stocks took a dive.

2 : a shabby and disreputable establishment (such as a bar or nightclub)

3 combat sports : a faked knockout usually used in the phrase take a dive a boxer accused of taking a dive

4 football : an offensive (see offensive entry 1 sense 1c) play in which the ballcarrier plunges into the line (see line entry 1 sense 7f(2)) for short yardage

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Synonyms & Antonyms for dive

Synonyms: Verb

crash, decline, descend, dip, drop, fall, lower, nose-dive, plummet, plunge, sink, skid, tumble

Synonyms: Noun

descent, dip, down, drop, fall, nosedive, plunge

Antonyms: Verb

arise, ascend, lift, mount, rise, soar, spike, up

Antonyms: Noun

ascent, climb, rise, rising, soaring, upswing, upturn

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Dived vs. Dove: Usage Guide

Verb

Dive, which was originally a weak verb, developed a past tense dove, probably by analogy with verbs like drive, drove. Dove exists in some British dialects and has become the standard past tense especially in speech in some parts of Canada. In the U.S. dived and dove are both widespread in speech as past tense and past participle, with dove less common than dived in the south Midland area, and dived less common than dove in the Northern and north Midland areas. In writing, the past tense dived is usual in British English and somewhat more common in American English. Dove seems relatively rare as a past participle in writing.

Examples of dive in a Sentence

Verb

She dove into the swimming pool. The children like to dive off the boat. The competitors will be diving from the highest platform. Many people enjoy diving on the island's coral reefs. You can't dive in this water without a wet suit. The submarine can dive to 3,000 feet. The whale dove down to deeper water.

Noun

She practiced her dives for the competition. This will be my first dive on a coral reef. She has done dives all around the world. The crew of the submarine prepared for a dive. The jet rolled into a dive.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Moments later, Reed used his seven-foot wingspan to disrupt Cameron Reynolds’ dribble on the other end of the court, dived after the loose ball and forced a turnover. Atreya Verma, azcentral, "Suns summer-leaguers buying into Igor Kokoskov's coaching style, defense," 9 July 2018 Rescue alternatives include teaching the boys to dive and then swim out, a highly risky venture, remaining in the cave for months until the wet season ends and flood waters recede, or drilling a shaft into the cave from the forest above. NBC News, "Thai diver dies amid cave rescue of trapped soccer team," 6 July 2018 France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris dived to his right and got a hand on a header from Martin Caceres, pushing it just wide of the goal. Stephen Wade, chicagotribune.com, "France defeat Uruguay to reach World Cup semifinals," 6 July 2018 Gillespie dived under a desk in the photo area in the middle section of the newsroom and curled himself into a ball. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "Capital Gazette shooting: How a quiet day in the newsroom was shattered," 1 July 2018 Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev made two stops in penalty kicks, diving the right way to save the third kick from Koke and then clinched it on an incredible stop with his outstretched left cleat to knock away Iago Aspas' final kick. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Host Russia stuns Spain in penalty kicks to reach World Cup quarterfinals," 1 July 2018 Experts are assessing statistical mortality data and plan to dive into medical records and to interview family members of those who have passed, though the scope and funding of the deeper investigation is still unclear, as its timing. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria," 29 May 2018 Experts are assessing statistical mortality data and plan to dive into medical records and to interview family members of those who have passed, though the scope and funding of the deeper investigation is still unclear, as its timing. Washington Post, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Harvard study estimates thousands died in Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria," 29 May 2018 These birds can reach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour when diving on prey, and easily notch 50 miles per hour when flying through the forest. Mike Cason, AL.com, "Cavanaugh tops lieutenant governor poll; most undecided," 2 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Coral reefs aren't getting enough bird poop Hungry for even more deep-dives on your next favorite topic? Scott Thurm, WIRED, "Microsoft Calls For Federal Regulation of Facial Recognition," 13 July 2018 Old Princeton Landing, once a pretty seedy dive bar, has been reborn as a family-friendly venue, with decorative surfboards looming in the rafters. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "One Day, One Place: Half Moon Bay harbor," 11 July 2018 An iconic Seattle dive bar has gotten a reprieve from the wrecking ball. Morning Brief, The Seattle Times, "We go inside Amazon’s warehouse world, plus Kam Chancellor retires from the NFL | Monday Morning Brief, July 2," 2 July 2018 In April, Los Angeles’s Eric Garcetti traveled around Des Moines for two days, shaking hands with Democratic activists at a dive bar, rubbing shoulders with firefighters and union members, and attending an LGBTQ gala. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Why Democrats should take mayors seriously as presidential candidates," 22 June 2018 Between close-ups of poured whiskey, Miranda and Jason are shown playing pool, cards, and darts—all standard activities for an evening at a dive bar. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Watch Miranda Lambert and Jason Aldean's New Music Video for "Drowns the Whiskey"," 20 June 2018 Harvey’s Wineburger Nothing against fancy burgers, but when the midnight hour approaches, a juicy, greasy classic in dive bar environs feels far more correct. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "10 best late night Phoenix restaurants: Great pizza, burgers, Asian, comfort food," 8 June 2018 On Portland, Oregon’s de facto restaurant row, SE Division Street, Reel M Inn is an unchangeable dive bar serving Rainier tallboys and bewilderingly excellent (organic, even) fried chicken to off-shift chefs, old-timers, and newbies alike. Marnie Hanel, Bon Appetit, "General Life Advice from the Owner of Portland’s Finest Dive Bar," 6 June 2018 Ketchikan's anarchic waterfront once hosted perhaps the greatest concentration of dive bars in America. Anchorage Daily News, "A DIY trip through Alaska’s Inside Passage," 26 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of dive

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dive

Verb

Middle English diven, duven, from Old English dȳfan to dip & dūfan to dive; akin to Old English dyppan to dip — more at dip

Noun

see dive entry 1

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dive

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to jump into water with your arms and head going in first

: to swim underwater usually while using special equipment to help you breathe

: to go underwater or down to a deeper level underwater

dive

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dive (Entry 2 of 2)

: a jump into water with your arms and head going in first

: an act of swimming underwater usually while using special equipment (such as a snorkel or air tank) to help you breathe

: a usually steep downward movement of a submarine, airplane, bird, etc.

dive

verb
\ˈdīv \
dived or dove\ˈdōv \; diving

Kids Definition of dive

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to plunge into water headfirst

2 : to swim underwater especially while using special equipment

3 : submerge sense 1 The submarine dived.

4 : to fall fast The temperature is diving.

5 : to descend in an airplane at a steep angle

6 : to move forward suddenly into or at something We dove for cover.

Other Words from dive

diver noun

dive

noun

Kids Definition of dive (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of plunging headfirst into water

2 : an act of swimming underwater especially while using special equipment

3 : an act of submerging a submarine

4 : a quick drop (as of prices)

5 : a sudden movement forward into or at something He made a dive for the door.

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