There are 2 main translations of dive in Spanish:

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dive 1

American English: /daɪv/
British English: /dʌɪv/

intransitive verb past tense dived or (in American English also) dove past participle dived

  • 1 1.1 (from height)
    tirarse (al agua)
    tirarse or echarse un clavado (Latin America)
    she dived into the water
    se zambulló
    se tiró al agua
    Example sentences
    • Liv raised her arms over her head and then dove swiftly into the water.
    • More than fifty hardy souls, many very young and a few of advanced years, dived, jumped or simply slid into the icy water.
    • Every summer there are serious accidents that occur when people dive or jump off of boats into shallow water.
    1.2 (under surface)
    can you dive down and pick it up?
    ¿te zambulles y lo recoges?
    we'll dive to a depth of 100 feet
    bajaremos a 100 pies de profundidad
    to dive for pearls/treasure
    bucear buscando perlas/tesoros
    to go diving
    ir a hacer submarinismo or a bucear
    Example sentences
    • The fish dived as one for the ocean floor and capsized the boat.
    • In a swirl the fish dived and headed downstream, pulling the rod tip downwards to the water surface.
    • Again, a short pumping cadence is efficient; dropping the high tip low to the water gives the fish more time to dive as you reel to recover line.
    Example sentences
    • Check the equipment before diving for once you dive, you will not get a chance to do that and its malfunctioning in the water can be hazardous.
    • You go out diving and swim through a kelp forest, which is the sort of thing you associate with temperate coasts, and then you're suddenly in a coral bed.
    • You should not be swimming or diving if you have recently been drinking alcohol.
    1.3 (swoop)
    bajar en picada or (Spain) en picado
    Example sentences
    • The aircraft dived as it was buffeted by turbulence at 34,000 ft, lifting passengers high out of their seats and leaving them in fear of their lives.
    • I watched a few birds dive and glide.
    • The arrow shot through the air like an eagle diving for a mouse and its aim was just as true.
    Example sentences
    • One time, I had to run as the security guard's lights aimed in my direction, and I dove head first into a prickle bush to get hidden in time.
    • He leaped to his feet faster than I'd ever seen him move and dived for the sink.
    • Terrified residents had scrambled out of bed and dived for cover after being woken by the gunshot early yesterday morning.
  • 2 2.1 (lunge, move suddenly) See examples: he dived for cover under the table
    se tiró or se metió debajo de la mesa para protegerse
    he dived to save the penalty
    se lanzó para salvar el penalty
    2.2 (thrust hand) See examples: she dived into her pocket for a coin
    se metió la mano en el bolsillo buscando una moneda
    2.3 (attack greedily) [colloquial]they dived for the food
    se lanzaron or se abalanzaron sobre la comida
    Example sentences
    • The low-cost carrier's share price dived early last year when it released a profit warning.
    • The company's chief executive resigned and the share price dived.
    • As a result it was weighed down by debt and its share price dived.
  • 3 (drop sharply)
    caer en picada or (Spain) en picado
    pegar un bajón [colloquial]

transitive verb past tense dived or (in American English also) dove past participle dived

  • she dived her hand into her bag
    metió la mano en el bolso


  • 2 (lunge, sudden movement) [colloquial]he made a dive for the gun
    se abalanzó sobre la pistola
    we made a dive for the nearest doorway
    nos precipitamos hacia la salida más próxima
    (full-length) dive (in soccer) to take a dive (in boxing) [slang]
    hacer tongo [colloquial]
    dejarse ganar
    Example sentences
    • I made a dive for my hiding place under the bed, fell over Mother, and struck my nose on the edge of her bed, giving myself a bloody nose and two black eyes.
    • Nick made a dive for the tool on the ground.
    • I took my clothes and made a dive for the bed.
    Example sentences
    • Having just been dumped for the second time in a month, I went to the neighborhood dive bar with a friend.
    • The fight club meets in the basement of a dive bar.
    • Most evenings he spent drinking beer in dive bars.

Phrasal verbs

dive in

verb + adverb
[colloquial] (into water)
tirarse or echarse un clavado (Latin America)
dive in! (start eating)
¡al ataque! [colloquial]
¡ataquen or (Spain) atacar! [colloquial]
the best thing is to dive right in (into task)
lo mejor es meterse de lleno or [colloquial] de cabeza en la tarea

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dive 3
American English: /daɪv/
British English: /dʌɪv/

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