1. the rich man of the parable in Luke 16:19–31.
  2. any rich man.

verb (used without object), dived or dove, dived, div·ing.

  1. to plunge into water, especially headfirst.
  2. to go below the surface of the water, as a submarine.
  3. to plunge, fall, or descend through the air, into the earth, etc.: The acrobats dived into nets.
  4. Aeronautics. (of an airplane) to descend rapidly.
  5. to penetrate suddenly into something, as with the hand: to dive into one’s purse.
  6. to dart: to dive into a doorway.
  7. to enter deeply or plunge into a subject, activity, etc.

verb (used with object), dived or dove, dived, div·ing.

  1. to cause to plunge, submerge, or descend.
  2. to insert quickly; plunge: He dived his hand into his pocket.


  1. an act or instance of diving.
  2. a jump or plunge into water, especially in a prescribed way from a diving board.
  3. the vertical or nearly vertical descent of an airplane at a speed surpassing the possible speed of the same plane in level flight.
  4. a submerging, as of a submarine or skindiver.
  5. a dash, plunge, or lunge, as if throwing oneself at or into something: He made a dive for the football.
  6. a sudden or sharp decline, as in stock prices.
  7. Informal. a dingy or disreputable bar or nightclub.
  8. Boxing. a false show of being knocked out, usually in a bout whose result has been prearranged: to take a dive in an early round.


  1. a rich man in the parable in Luke 16:19–31
  2. a very rich man

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

  1. to plunge headfirst into water
  2. (of a submarine, swimmer, etc) to submerge under water
  3. (also tr) to fly (an aircraft) in a steep nose-down descending path, or (of an aircraft) to fly in such a path
  4. to rush, go, or reach quickly, as in a headlong plungehe dived for the ball
  5. (also tr; foll by in or into) to dip or put (one’s hand) quickly or forcefully (into)to dive into one’s pocket
  6. (usually foll by in or into) to involve oneself (in something), as in eating food
  7. soccer slang (of a footballer) to pretend to have been tripped or impeded by an opposing player in order to win a free kick or penalty


  1. a headlong plunge into water, esp one of several formalized movements executed as a sport
  2. an act or instance of diving
  3. a steep nose-down descent of an aircraft
  4. slang a disreputable or seedy bar or club
  5. boxing slang the act of a boxer pretending to be knocked down or outhe took a dive in the fourth round
  6. soccer slang the act of a player pretending to have been tripped or impeded

traditional name for a rich man, late 14c., from Latin dives “rich (man);” see Dis. Used in Luke xvi in Vulgate and commonly mistaken as the proper name of the man in the parable. Related to divus “divine,” and originally meaning “favored by the gods” (see divine (adj.)).


13c., from Old English dufan “to dive, duck, sink” (intransitive, class II strong verb; past tense deaf, past participle dofen) and dyfan “to dip, submerge” (weak, transitive), from Proto-Germanic *dubijanan, from PIE *dheub- (see deep). Past tense dove is a later formation, perhaps on analogy of drive/drove. Related: Diving. Dive bomber attested by 1939.


c.1700, from dive (v.). Sense of “disreputable bar” is first recorded American English 1871, perhaps because they were usually in basements, and going into one was both a literal and figurative “diving.”

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