col·​lide | \ kə-ˈlīd \
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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The Honda Civic collided into the front of a 1994 GMC Sierra carrying a driver and passenger, both 71-year-old Grass Valley residents, the news release said. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "'We are at a loss': CHP is unsure why this span of highway in Grass Valley is so deadly," 6 July 2018 The truck collided with the guardrail, went through it and tumbled down a grass embankment, the report said. Anne Geggis,, "Margate man, 36, dies in turnpike crash," 17 June 2018 Another loose barge collided with a barge that was tied to a nearby vessel, Jackson said. Marie Simoneaux,, "Tugboat catches fire in Mississippi River near Poland Avenue Wharf," 7 May 2018 Police said the Infinity collided with a 2004 Jeep Wrangler which sustained damage to the front right and front right corner of the vehicle and was towed. Mikaela Porter,, "Search For Motorist Who Left Crash Scene Leads To Soft Lockdown Of West Hartford Middle School," 26 Mar. 2018 Florida Highway Patrol troopers said a 2014 Lexus and a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle collided about 9 p.m. Monday on Silver Star Road near Hastings Street. David Harris,, "20-year-old Orlando motorcyclist killed in Pine Hills crash," 13 Mar. 2018 Just last week, a train carrying dozens of GOP lawmakers – including House Speaker Paul Ryan — to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck outside Charlottesville, Virginia, killing one. Lindsay Kimble,, "At Least 2 Dead, Over 100 Injured in South Carolina Amtrak Train Collision," 4 Feb. 2018 On Wednesday, a train carrying Republican members of Congress to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck. Max Burman, NBC News, "At least two dead, dozens injured after Amtrak collides with freight train in South Carolina," 4 Feb. 2018 Last week, a special charter Amtrak train carrying GOP lawmakers to a retreat in West Virginia collided with a garbage truck. Lori Aratani And Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "Federal officials focus on why railroad switch was set in the wrong position in S.C. Amtrak crash that killed 2," 4 Feb. 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 \
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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