[ kuh-lahyd ]
/ kəˈlaɪd /
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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.



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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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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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