dive · verb I /dɑɪv/Full view
B1 If you dive into water, you enter it headfirst with your arms held out above your head.
Dictionary examples:

They ran to the pool, dove in, and swam to the other side.

Look at those children diving for oysters over there!

Mark dived off the bridge into the river.

Learner example:

I know how to swim and dive from high places. (First Certificate in English; B2; Greek)

B1 to swim under water, usually with breathing equipment
Dictionary example:

I like to go somewhere on vacation where I can dive.

Learner example:

I'm sure that she will be a wonderful guide. I'll ask her to take me to shop, to dive, and to surf. (Preliminary English Test; B1; Chinese)

dive into sth ()
C2 to start doing something suddenly and energetically, often without stopping to think
Dictionary example:

Unfortunately, I dove into the discussion without being fully informed.

Learner example:

Firstly, it is possible for me to dive into a whole new world - personally, socially and professionally - without losing myself. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; Swiss German)

dive · noun C /dɑɪv/
B2 when you enter water headfirst with your arms held out above your head
Dictionary example:

He entered the pool with a neat dive.

B2 when you spend some time swimming under water
Dictionary example:

The center also offers night dives, which I highly recommend.

Learner example:

It will start with a medical test, a few hours of theory, some training dives in a swimming pool and, at last, two dives on the reef. (First Certificate in English; B2; German)

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