Definition of collide in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈlʌɪd/


[no object]
1Hit by accident when moving: she collided with someone two suburban trains collided
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  • A youth was killed when a passenger train collided with his car on a level crossing in East Yorkshire last night.
  • Another train wreck today: California freight train collided with a passenger train.
  • The car was shunted backwards by the force of the impact and collided with the black Ford Fiesta directly behind it.
crash (into), come into collision (with), bang (into), slam (into), impact (with);
hit, strike, run into, meet head-on, smash into, smack into, cannon into, plough into, bump into, crack into/against, knock into, dash against
North American informal barrel into
1.1Come into conflict or opposition: in his work, politics and metaphysics collide
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  • Between those two opposing views, ideals collide and friendships are strained.
  • 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.
conflict, be in conflict, come into conflict, be in opposition, clash, differ, diverge, disagree, be at variance, be at odds, be incompatible


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

Words that rhyme with collide

abide, applied, aside, astride, backslide, beside, bestride, betide, bide, bride, chide, Clyde, cockeyed, coincide, confide, cried, decide, divide, dried, elide, five-a-side, glide, guide, hide, hollow-eyed, I'd, implied, lied, misguide, nationwide, nide, offside, onside, outride, outside, pan-fried, pied, pie-eyed, pitch-side, popeyed, pride, provide, ride, Said, shied, side, slide, sloe-eyed, snide, square-eyed, starry-eyed, statewide, Strathclyde, stride, subdivide, subside, tide, tried, undyed, wall-eyed, wide, worldwide

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