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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Expect the Sewell brothers to collide on the field Saturday in Autzen. oregonlive, "Why the Oregon Ducks’ Week 1 loss to Auburn matters more than it should: Issues & Answers," 6 Sep. 2019 The junior appeared to collide with a teammate while attempting to make a tackle on Springfield Central receiver Andre Ellison. Jenna Ciccotelli,, "Friday night football updates: First night filled with last-minute heroics," 6 Sep. 2019 When the teen prepared to turn left from the left lane, a gold van cut in front of their car from the wrong lane, causing the teen to collide with the driver's side of the van, according to the complaint. Eric Levenson, CNN, "A mother teaching her teenage son to drive was killed in a road-rage shooting," 5 Sep. 2019 This three-body effect provides a way for far-apart massive stars to first collapse into black holes, and then draw close enough to collide. Quanta Magazine, "To Make Two Black Holes Collide, Try Three," 15 Aug. 2019 Were the increase in supply to collide with a secular decline in demand, profits would suffer. The Economist, "The inflexibility of plastic," 25 July 2019 The crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. and led the truck to collide with another car, causing about $15,000 in damages between the three vehicles. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "'Bachelorette' finalist Tyler Cameron to appear in court after car crash," 22 July 2019 The vehicle then appeared to intentionally collide with the officer's car before making a U-turn into oncoming traffic and stopping, Radus said. Serena O'sullivan, azcentral, "Fundraiser held for teen from Arizona fatally shot by a police officer in California," 20 July 2019 Two of our favorite worlds are set to collide in Asheville, North Carolina, this fall. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Downton Abbey Exhibition is Coming to the Biltmore Estate," 26 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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