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

Definition of collide

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.

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Examples of collide in a Sentence

Two football players collided on the field. a story of what happens when modern American mores and traditional Asian values collide
Recent Examples on the Web At one point Chris jokingly backed into his brother, the rock version of a football touchdown celebration where teammates jump up and collide with each other midair. Matt Wake |, al, 6 Sep. 2021 The Olympics are about more than nabbing medals and smashing records—they’re a testament to the strength of the human spirit, a reminder of all that is possible when unrelenting work ethic, exceptional passion, and ironclad will collide. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, 10 Aug. 2021 Go for a stroll and watch break dancers, musicians and quinceñeras collide in the park's main plaza, or check out the dogs up for adoption across the street on Sundays. Kylie Madry, Travel + Leisure, 23 June 2021 Politics and policy are certain to collide as red states and blue states, often with schools playing in the very same conference, attempt to make it through an entire season without an outbreak. oregonlive, 25 Aug. 2021 The rocky fragment could collide with Mercury or Venus, or the sun itself, or be knocked out of its current position in the solar system. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 24 Aug. 2021 As for many immigrants, Western ideals of individualism often collide with the values at the heart of the Hmong experience: family and community—the urge to turn towards each other during times of catastrophe and celebration. Angela Vang/st. Paul, Time, 28 July 2021 And that thing has grown hulking enough to collide, occasionally, with institutions as varied as the White House and the British monarchy. New York Times, 1 July 2021 Mobile city officials are worried about the rising infections driving down turnout on Election Day, which could collide with some of the worsening effects of the recent wave of the delta variant. al, 15 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of collide

1700, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for collide

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

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The first known use of collide was in 1700

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12 Sep 2021

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“Collide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of collide

: to hit something or each other with strong force : to crash together or to crash into something
used of situations in which people or groups disagree or are very different from each other often + with


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

Kids Definition of collide

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

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