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 Harry Dunn, 19, died in August after his motorbike collided with a car driven by Sacoolas outside RAF Croughton, a British military base in central England used by U.S. forces. Washington Post, "UK seeks extradition of US woman over teen’s death in crash," 11 Jan. 2020 Media outlets had published videos taken in Tehran that night which appear to show a flying object colliding with the aircraft. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "Missile warfare is a growing threat to civilian airliners," 11 Jan. 2020 This latest investigation, first brought to light by Reuters earlier this week, involves a married couple in a Model 3 who collided into the rear of a fire truck on Interstate 70 in Cloverdale, Indiana, just west of Indianapolis. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "NHTSA Investigating Indiana Crash Where Tesla Model 3 Hit Fire Truck," 11 Jan. 2020 Police said the driver of the truck that the bus collided with got out safely. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "At least 20 dead after bus catches fire in India," 11 Jan. 2020 The pilot and passenger were not hurt in the Dec. 11 crash, but the Piper PA-34-200T had substantial damage from colliding with several parked cars and traffic signs. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Report: Airplane lost power in both engines before crash near Deer Valley Airport," 10 Jan. 2020 To determine how that happens, the EIC will use its electrons to probe the protons, colliding the two types of particles at unprecedented energies and in unparalleled numbers. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Department of Energy picks New York over Virginia for site of new particle collider," 9 Jan. 2020 People tune in for the inevitable drunk speeches, and the joy of seeing TV and movies faves collide for one special night. Anne Cohen,, "The 2020 Golden Globes Took One Step Forward, Five Steps Back," 7 Jan. 2020 Officers were dispatched to the intersection of East Michigan and North Davidson streets around 3 p.m., where a passenger car had collided with the bus. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Woman killed, child injured in crash with IndyGo bus," 1 Jan. 2020

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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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Collide.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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