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Definition dive

Etymology 1

From Middle English diven, duven, from the merger of Old English dȳfan (“to dip, immerse”, transitive weak verb) (from Proto-Germanic *dūbijaną) and dūfan (“to duck, dive, sink, penetrate”, intransitive strong verb) (past participle ġedofen). Cognate with Icelandic dýfa (“to dip, dive”), Low German bedaven (“covered, covered with water”). See also deep, dip.


dive (third-person singular simple present dives, present participle diving, simple past dived or dove, past participle dived)

  1. To swim under water.
  2. To jump into water head-first.
  3. To descend sharply or steeply.
  4. (especially with in) To undertake with enthusiasm.
  5. (sports) To deliberately fall down after a challenge, imitating being fouled, in the hope of getting one's opponent penalised.
  6. To cause to descend, dunk; to plunge something into water.
  7. (transitive) To explore by diving; to plunge into.
  8. (figuratively) To plunge or to go deeply into any subject, question, business, etc.; to penetrate; to explore.

dive (plural dives)

  1. A jump or plunge into water.
  2. A downward swooping motion.
  3. A swim under water.
  4. A decline.
  5. (slang) A seedy bar, nightclub, etc.
  6. (aviation) Aerial descent with the nose pointed down.
  7. (sports) A deliberate fall after a challenge.

Etymology 2

From Italian dive; see diva.



  1. plural of diva

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