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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The driver of the vehicle that collided with the pedestrians fled the scene, according to police, and his car was located several miles away with no one in it. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Juvenile charged in crash that killed a pedestrian outside the Gaylord Rockies Resort," 5 July 2019 Sunday is International Asteroid Day, commemorating the Earth's largest recorded asteroid impact while focusing on the real danger of asteroids that could collide with Earth. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "On International Asteroid Day, here's what to know about the threat to Earth," 30 June 2019 The owner of a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that collided with a motorcycle and injured two people Wednesday night in Phoenix told police the vehicle had been stolen. Molly Hudson, azcentral, "Stolen pickup truck fled the scene after colliding with motorcycle in Phoenix, say police," 27 June 2019 Investigators said Zhukovskyy was driving a truck that was towing a flatbed trailer that collided with the motorcycles. Danny Hermosillo, Houston Chronicle, "Driver accused in fatal crash that killed 7 motorcyclists had run-ins with Baytown police," 26 June 2019 The driver said to be behind the wheel of a pickup truck that collided with seven bikers in New Hampshire on Friday – killing all of them – has been arrested at his home Monday in Massachusetts. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Pickup truck driver arrested following New Hampshire highway collision that left 7 motorcyclists dead," 24 June 2019 The images stand in stark contrast, capturing two worlds that collided last year. Guillermo Contreras,, "Was Benjamin Bogard mobilizing for mass violence or just spouting online rhetoric?," 14 June 2019 Young added that a truck — which collided with the family’s car and caught fire — tried to avoid them. Caitlin Keating,, "Father and Daughter Die in Car Crash on the Way to the Beach to Celebrate Her Third Birthday," 12 June 2019 Only part of the light that collides with a diamond is reflected. Mandy Behbehani,, "How to choose a lab-grown diamond," 10 June 2019

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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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