An example of a dive is a headfirst plunge into water.
An example of a dive is a fast descent of an airplane.
An example of a dive is a bar with lots of crime occurring in it.
We dove that reef last week.
An example of dive is to jump into a new relationship very quickly.
She dove right in and started making improvements.
Stock prices dove 100 points in a single day of trading.
Dove for the loose ball.
Stock prices took a dive.
To dive into a foxhole.
To dive into one's work.
- to lose a prizefight purposely by pretending to get knocked out
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of dive
- Middle English diven from Old English dȳfan to dip, and from dūfan to sink dheub- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.