dive

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verb

dived ˈdīvd How to pronounce dive (audio) or dove ˈdōv How to pronounce dive (audio) ; dived also dove; diving

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
3
a
: 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
Dived vs. Dove: Usage Guide

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.

dive

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noun

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
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Noun
The Milwaukee Fire Department dive team and the Milwaukee Police Department Harbor Patrol assisted in the recovery effort. Kelly Meyerhofer, Journal Sentinel, 30 Mar. 2024 Several agencies, including the FBI, sent dive teams into the water for the search. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 27 Mar. 2024 Rogue is open seven days a week from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., with an extensive whiskey selection and cozy dive bar feel. Carrie Honaker, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2024 On Monday, a dive team went out to the river to retrieve the vehicle. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 14 Mar. 2024 The underwater camera had broken, and after one dive, the data had come back presumably corrupted. Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Already agitated United States-Israel relations have taken a further dive – to what some say is their lowest point ever – as the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip has worsened. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Mar. 2024 The number of marriages took a dive around the start of the pandemic, numbers show. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 17 Mar. 2024 In recent days, Boeing alerted airlines to a potential issue with loose switches on the pilot seats of its 787 Dreamliner jets after one of the planes went into a sudden dive, injuring 50 people, The Washington Post reported. Amber Ferguson, Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

derivative of dive entry 1

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dive was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dive. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

dive

1 of 2 verb
dived ˈdīvd How to pronounce dive (audio) or dove ˈdōv How to pronounce dive (audio) ; diving
1
a
: to plunge into water headfirst
2
a
: to fall fast
the temperature dived at night
b
: to descend in an airplane at a very steep angle
3
a
: to plunge into some matter or activity
b
: to thrust oneself forward suddenly : lunge
dived for cover
diver noun

dive

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1
: the act or an instance of diving: as
a
: a plunge into water done in a specified manner
b
: a steep downward movement of a submarine or an airplane
c
: a sharp drop (as in prices)
2
: a shabby place (as a bar)
3
: a faked knockout in boxing

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