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collide

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verb col·lide \kə-ˈlīd\

Simple Definition of collide

  • : to hit something or each other with strong force : to crash together or to crash into something

Full Definition of collide

col·lid·edcol·lid·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to come together with solid or direct impact <the car collided with a tree>

  3. 2 :  clash <colliding cultures>

Examples of collide

  1. Two football players collided on the field.

  2. <a story of what happens when modern American mores and traditional Asian values collide>



Origin of collide

Latin collidere, from com- + laedere to injure by striking


First Known Use: 1700



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