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 Her husband, 70-year-old William Cariens, was driving the 2019 Nissan Rogue that collided with the rear of the 2019 Freightliner truck. al, "Ohio woman killed in Tuscaloosa County crash that shut down I-20/59," 15 Feb. 2020 Mobile police said Rachel Martin, 49, was in the passenger vehicle that collided with the bus during morning rush hour on a busy street near downtown, news outlets reported. Washington Post, "Wreck involving Alabama school bus kills 1, injuries several," 16 Jan. 2020 This beautiful theory, cemented in 1977, says that Earth’s crust is broken into multiple chunks that are constantly colliding, diving under each other, or spreading apart. National Geographic, "What is it like living alongside a volcano?," 15 Jan. 2020 But the two neutron stars that collided are more massive than all known binary star pairs. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Astronomers detect gravitational waves created by massive neutron star collision," 6 Jan. 2020 Two Civil War-era schooners that collided and sank more than 140 years ago were also recently discovered near Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck uncovered in Lake Michigan storm surge," 3 Dec. 2019 The man who was killed was driving a white 2008 Honda SUV that collided with a black 2005 Dodge SUV occupied by two people, according to the police report. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Man killed in collision between two SUVs on West 34th Street bridge," 24 Nov. 2019 Three city men who were in a car that collided with a police vehicle last week face weapons charges after a gun was found in it, police said Wednesday. Christine Dempsey,, "Hartford PD: Gun, drugs, found in car that collided with police vehicle," 13 Nov. 2019 The driver of a vehicle that collides with and kills a deer, bear or turkey has first priority to the carcass. Andrew Mollica, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Where is your car most likely to hit a deer in Wisconsin? Just about everywhere," 1 Nov. 2019

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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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26 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Collide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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