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English vocabulary "Dive" - 9 uses with 12 example sentences!

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English vocabulary - Dive

The word dive has been in the news recently. A person who dives (swims underwater with special equipment) is called a diver. 

๐Ÿ“ฐDivers found missing soccer players trapped 
in an underwater cave in Thailand.

Some World Cup fans are upset over players who dive (fall on purpose to cause a foul against the other team) during a game.

๐Ÿ“ฐNeymar should have got a yellow card for taking a dive 
during Brazil’s match against Belgium. 

People are talking about both situations, in the news, and on social media. I wanted to make this blog post teaching you some different ways we use the word dive. Learn some verbs and nouns in this post!

Helpful definitions (as always!) from 

While preparing this post I learned that past tense form of dive is not the same in every country! I have always used dove [sounds like DOHV] as the past tense, but in England, the say dived! I didn't know!

*Be careful! The past tense of dive is spelled the same way as dove the bird of peace. [sounds like DUV] The pronunciation is different but you will also know the correct meaning by the context of the sentence. ๐Ÿ˜‰


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

๐Ÿ”ธ"When I was younger I used to dive off the cliffs near my family cottage every summer.” = I used to jump off the cliffs head first.

dive off a cliff

② to swim underwater wearing breathing equipment, collecting or looking at things

๐Ÿ”ธ"I learned to dive when I was in high school. There was a scuba school in my town.” = I went to a special school to learn how to swim underwater with special equipment.

dive underwater

③ fall deliberately when somebody touches you so that the referee awards a foul

๐Ÿ”ธ“When players dive in a soccer game they should get a yellow card.” = When soccer players fall on purpose to try and get a foul against the other team they should get a yellow card.

soccer dive

④ to move or jump quickly in a particular direction, especially to avoid something, to try to catch a ball, etc.

~dive for something

๐Ÿ”ธ“The goalie dove for the puck and made a great save!” = The goalkeeper jumped quickly to stop the puck.

dive for the puck

⑤ of prices - to fall suddenly

๐Ÿ“ฐNews headline 
๐Ÿ”ธ“Facebook stock dives 7% after it sold people's private data.” = The price of Facebook shares suddenly fell after they were accused of misusing people's information.

stocks dive


The first 3 definitions of the verb form can also be used as nouns. 

① a jump into deep water with your head first and your arms in front of you

๐Ÿ”ธ“That was a great dive!”

dive in the water

② an act of going underwater and swimming there with special equipment

๐Ÿ”ธ"Scuba divers should always check their air tanks before each dive.” 

③ a deliberate fall that a player makes when somebody touches them so that the referee awards a foul

๐Ÿ”ธ“Neymar Jr’s dive has gone viral on Twitter!”

*Grammar point
Single countable nouns can't be used by themselves. They will often come after an article (a, an or the) or a possessive noun. (his/hers, Mike's etc.) Plural nouns (more than 1) can be used by themselves. 

Please read these other examples:

๐Ÿ”ธ1 more dive and then we're going home. = One more jump into the water.

๐Ÿ”ธWatson's dive drew a penalty. = He pretended to fall and this caused a penalty for the other team.

๐Ÿ”ธScott is an experienced diver, he has done 4 dives at more than 60 meters! = Scott has swum underwater 4 times at more than 60 meters deep.

④ dive - a bar, club, etc. that is cheap, and maybe dark or dirty

๐Ÿ”ธ“My friend took me to a local bar but it was a real dive. I wanted to leave right away.” = the quality of the place wasn't good. I didn't want to stay there.

This place is a dive

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