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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Police are seeking the driver of a 2003 Kia Sedona minivan who fled the scene in Fairmount Park after the vehicle collided with a motorcycle early Sunday in Philadelphia, killing the motorcyclist and critically injuring his passenger. Andrew Maykuth,, "Police seek minivan driver in fatal Fairmount Park hit-and-run," 17 June 2018 Two vehicles collided in the 3600 block of Lavista Road in north Decatur just before 9 p.m. Chelsea Prince, ajc, "Driver bolts from scene of deadly crash, leaves injured passenger in car, police say," 18 May 2018 Earlier that day, a driver was injured when a car, van and Peterbilt truck collided in the rain, and the car ended up wedged under the big rig. Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "I-5 is ‘falling apart,’ and a massive fix is coming. Drivers, buckle up. | The Sacramento Bee," 12 Apr. 2018 Ten players with the Humboldt Broncos hockey team and five others, including two coaches, were killed after the bus carrying them collided with a tractor-trailer late Friday in the Saskatchewan province. Gianluca Mezzofiore, CNN, "Hockey stick tributes for team in devastating crash," 9 Apr. 2018 The cars collided in the intersection of Northwest 31st Avenue and Northwest 41 st Street, near Boyd Anderson High School, south of Commercial Boulevard and east of State Road 7. Tonya Alanez,, "9 injured, including 6 kids, in two-car crash," 5 Apr. 2018 Two United Airlines planes collided on the airfield at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday afternoon, with no injuries reported. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Two United Airlines planes collide on the ground at Chicago O'Hare Airport," 16 Aug. 2018 Two vehicles collided on Interstate 45 northbound near West Road around 2:30 a.m. One man got out on the road to check out his vehicle, said Lt. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Man run over, killed by several cars on North Freeway," 18 June 2018 Within the opening minutes of the match, Peru was pushing forward and nearly drew a penalty when Flores and Poulsen collided on the left side of the box, but Gassama waved play on. Brett Martel,, "Poulsen, Schmeichel lead Denmark to narrow win over Peru," 16 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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