col·​lide kə-ˈlīd How to pronounce collide (audio)
collided; colliding

intransitive verb

: to come together with solid or direct impact
The car collided with a tree.
Two helicopters collided.
: clash
colliding cultures
Science and religion collided in the court.

Examples of collide in a Sentence

Two football players collided on the field. the candidate had a reputation as a maverick whose positions often collided with the party platform
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of collide was in 1700

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Cite this Entry

“Collide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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col·​lide kə-ˈlīd How to pronounce collide (audio)
collided; colliding
: to come together with solid impact
the football players collided
: clash entry 1 sense 2a
their different outlooks collided

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