Definition of collide in English:

collide

verb

[no object]
  • 1Hit by accident when moving.

    ‘she collided with someone’
    ‘two suburban trains collided’
    • ‘He unwittingly collides with the toughest star player on the opposing team and is knocked unconscious, along with his gigantic opponent.’
    • ‘Officers were told Richardson's car had mounted the kerb and it had been swerving before it collided with a lamppost.’
    • ‘Their call follows an accident in Welling when a bus collided with a van which was turning left across the bus lane.’
    • ‘He collided with a shelf holding computer parts and knocked some to the floor with a clatter.’
    • ‘There were more accidents, more trucks, which had collided with trees, culverts, or run off the road.’
    • ‘Put simply, if a moving atom collides with a photon coming in the opposite direction with the appropriate energy, the atom will be knocked back and slowed down.’
    • ‘Wallace collided with three other bikes at Wheeler's Corner at the Dundrod Circuit in Co Antrim.’
    • ‘A youth was killed when a passenger train collided with his car on a level crossing in East Yorkshire last night.’
    • ‘He braked but the vehicle would not stop and they collided with the wall.’
    • ‘I had survived; I hadn't hit anyone or anything and nobody had collided with me.’
    • ‘In May two trains collided and derailed near the station during the morning rush-hour.’
    • ‘Later in the afternoon, at 5.40 pm, a two vehicle accident saw cars colliding on the Hatston Brae after slipping on snow.’
    • ‘It was the only time in recorded history that our planet may have collided with a huge celestial object.’
    • ‘The accident happened when the Corsa collided with a blue Ford Escort as both vehicles travelled towards Haxby.’
    • ‘The car was shunted backwards by the force of the impact and collided with the black Ford Fiesta directly behind it.’
    • ‘Having split apart, the continents eventually started to collide with each other, and their different groups of mammals started to mix.’
    • ‘It collided with the jug, sending it toppling over and crashing onto the polished tiles.’
    • ‘As the ball fell, a pair of opposing players jumped together, collided and missed it.’
    • ‘Another train wreck today: California freight train collided with a passenger train.’
    • ‘Six students were injured in Casino on Wednesday morning when their school bus collided with a car.’
    crash, crash into, come into collision, come into collision with, bang, bang into, slam, slam into, impact, impact with
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    1. 1.1 Come into conflict or opposition.
      ‘in his work, politics and metaphysics collide’
      • ‘The students and lecturers all have different motives for being there and these collide with painful consequences.’
      • ‘When those two forces collide, Japanese politics will at long last change.’
      • ‘We have different styles, different topics spark our interest and while our views do collide, we rarely arrive at them from the same direction.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, basic contract principles collide with his request for damages.’
      • ‘Postrel's book provides us with two very different worlds colliding with each other.’
      • ‘I think politics is intrinsically about idealism colliding with raw power.’
      • ‘Between those two opposing views, ideals collide and friendships are strained.’
      • ‘What is being made visible here is the fault-line where corporate culture collides with democratic politics.’
      • ‘When the personal collides with the political, someone is bound to get panned.’
      • ‘Four seismic forces will soon collide to test the president's true political acumen.’
      • ‘It's when the love story collides with the subplot that conflict arises.’
      • ‘The two worlds are colliding in an age-old clash that is causing some to wonder how long this great thing will last.’
      • ‘We might find out that we have been part of different worlds with colliding interests - scientific and political.’
      • ‘But when devotion to principle collides with electoral politics, hard truths must be faced.’
      • ‘It is a place where history and people and power and politics collide in ways that touch the lives of every American.’
      • ‘As our collective anger collides head-on with our political system's intransigence, we're stuck with a classic case of an irresistible force meeting an immovable object.’
      • ‘L knows full well that the abject takes on a very different meaning when it collides with our stereotypes of the black underclass.’
      • ‘Different dance worlds collide at Tangente's Majors series this weekend.’
      • ‘The play shows political paranoia colliding with greed and ambition.’
      • ‘Instead of which, the more Romantic orchestral playing collided with the period style of the choir and soloists.’
      conflict, be in conflict, come into conflict, be in opposition, clash, differ, diverge, disagree, be at variance, be at odds, be incompatible
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Origin

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘cause to collide’): from Latin collidere, from col- ‘together’ + laedere ‘to strike’.

Pronunciation

collide

/kəˈlʌɪd/