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