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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: collidere, from com- ( COM-) + laedere 'to injure by hitting'

collide

verb
     
col‧lide [intransitive]
1 to hit something or someone that is moving in a different direction from you [↪ collision]:
A car and a van collided on the motorway.
collide with
I ran around the corner, and almost collided with Mrs Laurence.
Two trains collided head-on (=when they were moving directly towards each other).
2 to disagree strongly with a person or group, especially on a particular subject
collide with
The President has again collided with Congress over his budget plans.
3 if two very different ideas, ways of thinking etc collide, they come together and produce an interesting result
Istanbul, where east and west collide

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