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

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When those plates collide and one slides beneath the other, water gets pulled into the subduction zone. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Earth’s Crust Is Swallowing Way More Ocean Than We Thought," 15 Nov. 2018 Instead, the player who achieved the highest Elo rating in chess history had spent his day off playing soccer and collided with a Norwegian journalist. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A Black Eye, a Controversial Leak and Possible Armageddon—the Madness of the World Chess Championship," 27 Nov. 2018 Maria Wong and Jasmine Lao were on their way to work early Oct. 12 on the highway when a pickup crossed the centerline and collided with their vehicle. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "After two employees were killed on Highway 18, Snoqualmie Casino offers $1 million for safety improvements," 30 Oct. 2018 Kincaid, who was eight months pregnant, was driving in Hemet, California, around 8:30 p.m. when Forestal veered his BMW into her lane and collided with her minivan, KTLA reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Pregnant mom of 3 killed in crash with professional boxer suspected of drunk driving," 12 Sep. 2018 While going 27 mph, the officer driving the SUV made a sharp left turn onto the sidewalk and collided with Daniel, who went airborne due to the force of impact. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Sacramento Police Released Dashcam Footage of an Officer Hitting a Fleeing Teen With an SUV," 20 Aug. 2018 Two 21-year-olds died Wednesday when their Toyota Sienna minivan crossed the Parks Highway center line near Cantwell and collided with a double fuel tanker, Alaska State Troopers said. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Two 21-year-olds killed in Parks Highway collision with double-tanker truck," 12 July 2018 The torrents can be blamed on tropical moisture streaming north from the tropical Pacific and colliding with a front draped over the country. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Japan reeling from worst flood in decades: ‘We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before’," 10 July 2018 In the 62nd minute, there was chaos in Tunisia's box when Aymen Mathlouthi mishandled a crossing attempt and collided with Luis Tejada, who was looking to attack the box. Luis Miguel Echegaray,, "LIVE: Khazri Grabs Lead for Tunisia Against Panama," 28 June 2018

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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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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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