July 21, 2017
Learner's Word of the Day
dive /ˈdaɪv/ verb
dive
/ˈdaɪv/
verb

dives; dived /ˈdaɪvd/ or chiefly US dove /ˈdoʊv/ ; diving

The hungry kids dove right into the pizza.
The hungry kids dove right into the pizza.
Learner's definition of DIVE

[no object]

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

  • She dove into the swimming pool.

  • The children like to dive off the boat.

  • The competitors will be diving from the highest platform.

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

  • Many people enjoy diving on the island's coral reefs.

  • You can't dive in this water without a wet suit.

  • He dives for pearls. [=he dives in order to find pearls]

— see also SCUBA DIVE, SKIN DIVE

3 : to go underwater or down to a deeper level underwater

  • The submarine can dive to 3,000 feet.

  • The whale dove down to deeper water.

4 : informal : to start doing something with enthusiasm — usually + into or in

  • They dove into their work.

  • I'm just not ready to dive (right) into another romantic relationship.

  • They sat down at the dinner table and dove (right) in. [=started eating immediately]

  • We have a lot of things to discuss, so let's dive right in. [=let's get started immediately]

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