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 for dive

Synonyms: Verb

pitch, plunge, sound

Synonyms: Noun

pitch, plunge

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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

No signs of surfer’s ear turned up in remains from sites along those coasts, even though people there almost certainly also dived for oysters and conch. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "The skulls of ancient pearl divers come with abnormal ear canal bone growths," 28 Dec. 2018 Up the Creek, order the fried oysters or shrimp gumbo, some chilled Sauvignon Blanc and gaze out at the marshes and river and watch the seagulls diving for their own fishy dinners (313 Water St., upthecrekrawbar.com). Gully Wells, WSJ, "A Trip to the Florida of Yore," 12 Dec. 2018 Summer is officially here, and so is STAT’s annual book list, chock full of great health, medicine, and science reads to dive into on vacation or during a relaxing time at home. Sarah Mupo, STAT, "The 39 best health and science books to read this summer," 25 June 2018 Pilot whales, on the other hand, called to each other and formed a tight group before diving directly toward the sound, the researchers report today in the Journal of Experimental Biology. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "This is the sound a dolphin might hear if it’s about to become dinner," 12 June 2018 Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris had six saves, three of them were diving stops, to keep the Thorns from scoring more. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride still searching for offensive spark after 2-1 road loss to Portland Thorns," 15 Apr. 2018 Bieber squeezed his way into the passenger seat before throwing the bill to the ground, where multiple people dove after it. Erika Harwood, Vanities, "Justin Bieber Is Now Dressing Like Adam Sandler," 11 Apr. 2018 Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton dives for a first down on fourth-and-1 against the Atlanta Falcons. Michael Salfino, WSJ, "The Sneakiest Play in Football Is the Most Effective," 9 Oct. 2018 After spending a few hours making out all over their catamaran, Becca and Colton are introduced to a local fisherman who teaches them how to dive for conchs. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "'Deal Breaker'? One of Becca Kufrin's Bachelorette Frontrunners Reveals He's a Virgin," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As Thomas spoke, a hurricane party was going on less than 2 miles away at Buster’s Beer and Bait, a dive bar popular both with locals and tourists who overwhelm the region during the summer. Jay Reeves, The Seattle Times, "Evacuate or not? Some gamble on staying despite Michael," 10 Oct. 2018 Locals might recognize The Alley, a dive bar, and Top Dog, a hot dog chain from the 1960s, in the movie. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How two movies portray Oakland’s rapid change," 29 Aug. 2018 Such rooms are rare these days in Old Town, where the old eateries, dive bars and funky stores have been pushed out, mostly, by high-octane bars and clubs. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Michael Shannon returns to the role he played in 1995 for Red Orchid's 25th season," 3 July 2018 There were two kinds of drinks and two places to have them before Lermayer came to South Florida in 2004 in his 30s: a simple cocktail like a cosmopolitan at a nightclub or hard liquor or beer at a dive bar. Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "The man who sparked Miami's mixology movement is found dead," 7 June 2018 In the Bay Area, cash is associated with poor people, dive bars and cannabis stores. Caille Millner, San Francisco Chronicle, "Is a sucker really born every minute? The Bay Area will find out," 31 May 2018 HuffPost notes that Joe Hummel of the blog World of Pop Culture took a deep dive into this mystery. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' Sparks Mystery Over the Island of Misfit Toys," 8 Dec. 2018 But analysts say that poverty, which affects about a third of the population, will rise this year, and the economy will take a dive. Almudena Calatrava, Fox News, "Argentines seek soup kitchens, barter markets amid crisis," 10 Sep. 2018 Our experts take a deep dive into product categories like: Parenting is stressful enough without having to worry if the products marketed toward your kids are actually safe. Good Housekeeping, "Good Housekeeping Institute Product Reviews," 30 July 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 and Noun

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

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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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