[ kuh-lahyd ]
/ kəˈlaɪd /

verb (used without object), col·lid·ed, col·lid·ing.

to strike one another or one against the other with a forceful impact; come into violent contact; crash: The two cars collided with an ear-splitting crash.
to clash; conflict: Their views on the matter collided.

verb (used with object), col·lid·ed, col·lid·ing.

to cause to collide: drivers colliding their cars in a demolition derby.

Nearby words

  1. colleterial gland,
  2. collette,
  3. colliculectomy,
  4. colliculitis,
  5. colliculus,
  6. collider,
  7. colliding-beam machine,
  8. collie,
  9. collier,
  10. collier, jeremy

Origin of collide

1615–25; < Latin collīdere to strike together, equivalent to col- col-1 + -līdere, combining form of laedere to strike Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for collide


/ (kəˈlaɪd) /

verb (intr)

to crash together with a violent impact
to conflict in attitude, opinion, or desire; clash; disagree

Word Origin for collide

C17: from Latin collīdere to clash together, from com- together + laedere to strike, wound

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Word Origin and History for collide



1620s, from Latin collidere "strike together," from com- "together" (see com-) + laedere "to strike, injure by striking," of unknown origin. For Latin vowel change, see acquisition. Related: Collided; colliding.

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