\ ˈklash How to pronounce clash (audio) \
clashed; clashing; clashes

Definition of clash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of clash (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from clash


clasher noun

Examples of clash in a Sentence

Verb Police and protesters clashed yesterday. The sofa and the chair clash. She ended the song by clashing the cymbals. Noun Hundreds were killed in ethnic clashes in the region last month. a clash between rival gangs that resulted in some serious injuries
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the Bengals and Rams clash on Sunday, about 100,000 fans will cram into SoFi — nearly the population of Inglewood, the city that surrounds it. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2022 Avoid being too headstrong in June, when you may be inconsiderate or clash with a competitor. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 22 May 2021 The East’s No. 7 seed will then be on the line when the Boston Celtics clash with the Washington Wizards later in the night. Alex Kay, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Berman’s central thesis—that the implicit values of economics clash with and crowd out progressive aims—is more familiar. Idrees Kahloon, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 Showrunner and cocreator John Hoffman also teased that Alice will clash with old-fashioned Charles and Oliver. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 May 2022 The company’s clash with Florida is the latest example of how speaking out on social and political issues can put corporations in conflict with some lawmakers. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2022 FC Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez has spoken on the feeling of being 'robbed' by Frankfurt and their fans in the Europa League ahead of his team's La Liga clash with Cadiz on Monday. Tom Sanderson, Forbes, 17 Apr. 2022 Most of the face washes on the market carry a light scent that won’t overpower or clash with your cologne or body spray. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This clash carried over into record spending and mudslinging in school board races fueled by charter advocates on one side and the teachers union on the other. Howard Blumestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 7 June 2022 Take the points in case this clash comes down to the wire, but the C's are the smart play against the spread in Game 2. Alex Kay, Forbes, 19 May 2022 In the first real test of this clash, Russia’s Gazprom this morning suspended gas flows to Poland and Bulgaria, sending European gas prices soaring. David Meyer, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 In this clash, Mr. Putin had armed himself with cultural and religious reinforcements. New York Times, 26 Mar. 2022 Raging through the Cold War, this clash revolved around capitalism’s role in shaping our desires, and the possibility of overcoming social hierarchies. Udi Greenberg, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2022 The celebrated highlight of this back-and-forth clash came when wide receiver Dwight Clark made a leaping catch in the back of the end zone for the winning score in the game's final minute. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 15 Jan. 2022 This clash speaks to the strangeness of the distinctions of Bib versus Michelin star. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Oct. 2021 After all, a global audience might not be enthused by a clash between Northern Ireland and Albania, but in both of those nations, the game can be hugely significant. Zak Garner-purkis, Forbes, 2 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clash


circa 1500, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1


1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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\ ˈklash How to pronounce clash (audio) \
clashed; clashing

Kids Definition of clash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of clash (Entry 2 of 2)

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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