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dive noun

1 of an aircraft

ADJ. steep, vertical | gentle, shallow | spiral

VERB + DIVE go into The plane went into a steep dive. | pull out of The pilot seemed to be having difficulty in pulling out of the dive.

2 move/jump/fall

ADJ. headlong, nose (also nosedive) (both often figurative) The economy is on a headlong dive to disaster. His acting career took a nosedive and he turned to drink for solace. | sudden | running She made a running dive to get across the crevasse.

VERB + DIVE make, take She made a dive for the door. He took a dive in the penalty area and won his team a controversial penalty. (figurative) The market is volatile and profits could take a dive.

PREP. ~ for There would be a dive for the bar as soon as the show finished.