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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In each case, a driver using Tesla’s Autopilot system died after colliding with a truck turning across its path. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places," 11 June 2019 After colliding with these officers, a number of police shot pepper balls at his chest,’’ the suit says., "Man acquitted of disorderly conduct from June 4, 2017 protest now suing city, Portland and state police," 5 June 2019 Witnesses told the California Highway Patrol that the motorcycle rider went down after colliding with another vehicle around 4:48 a.m. The rider died in the crash before he or she could be taken to the hospital, according to the CHP. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Motorcyclist dies in crash on north I-5 at Pacific Highway," 4 June 2019 Four days earlier, a tour boat capsized on the Danube River in Budapest after colliding with a river cruise ship, leaving 10 people dead and another 18 missing as of Tuesday morning. Colleen Barry, USA TODAY, "Venice, Budapest crashes renew debate on cruise ship safety, calls to restrict ships in Venice," 4 June 2019 Worlds are definitely about to collide, as North West and JoJo Siwa are reportedly teaming up for a YouTube collaboration! De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "JoJo Siwa and North West Are Reportedly Collaborating on a YouTube Video," 24 Mar. 2019 This drift is driven by electrons colliding with each other. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 2018 Eyewitnesses said a speeding car collided with the camel, which suddenly stepped into the highway. Caroline Judelson, Fox News, "Unbelievable video shows camel trapped inside car after collision," 10 Aug. 2018 Straschnitzki met the coaching staff and some top prospects during a break in his rehabilitation from the injuries suffered in April when a bus carrying the Broncos to a playoff game collided with a semi-trailer at a rural intersection, killing 16. Washington Post, "Flyers support Humboldt player paralyzed in bus crash," 29 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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