collide

verb col·lide \ kə-ˈlīd \

Definition of collide

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

Examples of collide in a Sentence

  1. Two football players collided on the field.

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

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Origin and Etymology of collide

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

collide Synonyms

Synonyms
clash, 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

COLLIDE Defined for English Language Learners

collide

verb

Definition of collide for English Language Learners

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


COLLIDE Defined for Kids

collide

verb col·lide \ kə-ˈlīd \

Definition of collide for Students

collided; colliding
1 :to strike against each other with strong force
  • Racing downstairs I almost collided with my mother …
  • —Pam Zollman, Don't Bug Me!
2 :1clash 2
  • Their different goals collided.


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