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[ dahyv ]
/ daɪv /
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verb (used without object), dived or dove, dived, div·ing.
verb (used with object), dived or dove, dived, div·ing.
to cause to plunge, submerge, or descend.
to insert quickly; plunge: He dived his hand into his pocket.
noun
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Origin of dive

First recordedbefore 900; Middle English diven “to dive, dip,” Old English dȳfan “to dip” (causative of dūfan “to dive, sink”); cognate with Old Norse dȳfa “to dip,” German taufen “to baptize”; akin to dip1

usage note for dive

Both dived and dove are standard as the past tense of dive. Dived, historically the older form, is somewhat more common in edited writing, but dove occurs there so frequently that it also must be considered standard: The rescuer dove into 20 feet of icy water. Dove is an Americanism that probably developed by analogy with alternations like drive, drove and ride, rode. It is the more common form in speech in the northern United States and in Canada, and its use seems to be spreading. The past participle of dive is always dived.

OTHER WORDS FROM dive

post·dive, adjectivepre·dive, adjectiveun·der·dive, nounun·der·dive, verb (used without object), un·der·dived or un·der·dove, un·der·dived, un·der·div·ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for dive

dive
/ (daɪv) /

verb dives, diving or dived or US dove or dived (mainly intr)
noun

Word Origin for dive

Old English dӯfan; related to Old Norse dӯfa to dip, Frisian dīvi; see deep, dip
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