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verb (used without object), col·lid·ed, col·lid·ing.
  1. 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.
  2. to clash; conflict: Their views on the matter collided.
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verb (used with object), col·lid·ed, col·lid·ing.
  1. to cause to collide: drivers colliding their cars in a demolition derby.
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Origin of collide

1615–25; < Latin collīdere to strike together, equivalent to col- col-1 + -līdere, combining form of laedere to strike

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Related Words for collide

smash, crash, shatter, bump, bang, strike, hit, sideswipe, crunch, clash, pulverize, beat, scrap, splinter, disagree, jolt, fragment, conflict

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verb (intr)
  1. to crash together with a violent impact
  2. to conflict in attitude, opinion, or desire; clash; disagree
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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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