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 The person was driving east on Ehlen Road Northeast when their motorcycle collided into the flatbed trailer of the truck in front of them, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office said. oregonlive, "1 killed in Marion County motorcycle crash," 17 Apr. 2020 In fact, there's also a good handful of people who seem to like when the two worlds collide. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Are Heated Over All of the 'Station 19' Crossover Episodes," 26 Mar. 2020 The vehicle collided with a Chevrolet Equinox SUV, which was traveling in the left straight lane of eastbound Kentucky Route 18 with one passenger, Mary Ann Smith. Madeline Mitchell,, "Police: 2 dead, 1 hospitalized after wrong-way collision in Florence," 30 Apr. 2020 This deluge of photons collided with the air molecules, stripping those molecules of their electrons to produce a fluid of loose electrical charges, a new state of matter known as a plasma. Sophia Chen, Wired, "Physicists Clear the Air With a Sweet Frickin' Laser Beam," 29 Apr. 2020 The America First presidency collided with a global pandemic Wednesday night. Justin Sink,, "Trump’s Error-Laden ‘Foreign Virus’ Speech Spooks Investors," 29 Apr. 2020 Mayors collide with governors over coronavirus lockdown Politics Who knows best? Los Angeles Times, "Colorado, Tennessee and other states ease coronavirus restrictions; New York cancels presidential primary," 27 Apr. 2020 This spring, the fast-spreading virus collided disastrously with the city’s overcrowded housing. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "In a Crowded City, Leaders Struggle to Separate the Sick From the Well," 25 Apr. 2020 Multiple heritages have collided in the state and adapted themselves to local conditions. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "Book of food essays uncovers the soul of Alaska through its cuisine," 25 Apr. 2020

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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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20 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Collide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 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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