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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Colorado State Patrol said the school bus collided with a truck. Fox News, "At least 26 injured in Colorado school bus crash," 12 July 2018 Two children complained of minor injuries after their school bus collided with another vehicle Friday afternoon in Fairview, an official said. Jim Ryan,, "2 kids complain of minor injuries after Fairview school bus crash," 8 June 2018 The school bus collided with a dump truck May 17 in the county's Mount Olive Township. Carma Hassan, CNN, "School bus driver charged in fatal crash," 24 May 2018 The recommendations, which aren’t binding, came just days after a school bus collided with a truck in New Jersey, killing a student and teacher. Jonathan Mattise,, "Federal board recommends seat belts on all new school buses," 23 May 2018 Less than a minute later, plane and birds collided at 3,000 feet (915 meters). Deepti Hajela, The Seattle Times, "‘Miracle’ flight survivors mark decade of thankfulness," 15 Jan. 2019 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

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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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