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clash

verb \ ˈklash \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of clash

intransitive verb
1 :to make a clash
  • cymbals clashed
2 :to come into conflict
  • where ignorant armies clash by night
  • —Matthew Arnold
; also :to be incompatible
  • the colors clashed
transitive verb
:to cause to clash

clasher

noun

Examples of clash in a Sentence

  1. Police and protesters clashed yesterday.

  2. The sofa and the chair clash.

  3. She ended the song by clashing the cymbals.

Recent Examples of clash from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of clash

imitative

clash Synonyms

Synonyms
collide, conflict, disaccord, discord, jar
Antonyms
accord, blend, conform (to or with), fit, harmonize, match
Related Words
battle, combat, engage, fight, war (against); chafe, gall, grate, jangle; differ, disagree, dissent
Near Antonyms
agree, assent, coincide, concur, correspond

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clash

noun

Definition of clash

1 :a noisy usually metallic sound of collision
2 a :a hostile encounter :skirmish
b :a sharp conflict
  • a clash of opinions

Examples of clash in a Sentence

  1. Hundreds were killed in ethnic clashes in the region last month.

  2. a clash between rival gangs that resulted in some serious injuries

Recent Examples of clash from the Web

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First Known Use of clash

1513



CLASH Defined for English Language Learners

clash

verb

Definition of clash for English Language Learners

  • : to be in a situation in which you are fighting or disagreeing : to come into conflict with someone

  • : to look bad or ugly together

  • : to be very different in a way that makes being or working together difficult


clash

noun

Definition of clash for English Language Learners

  • : a short fight between groups of people

  • : an argument or disagreement between people

  • : a difference that makes it difficult for people or things to be together or work together


CLASH Defined for Kids

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clash

verb \ ˈklash \

Definition of clash for Students

clashed; clashing
1 :to make or cause to make the loud sound of metal objects hitting
  • clashing cymbals
2 :to come into conflict
  • Protesters clashed with the police.
3 :to not go together well
  • Their personalities clashed.
  • Your shirt and tie clash.

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clash

noun

Definition of clash for Students

1 :a loud sharp sound usually of metal striking metal
  • the clash of swords
2 :a struggle or strong disagreement
  • It was inevitable that the clash for leadership should come.
  • —Jack London, The Call of the Wild


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