Definition of clash verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//klæʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klæʃ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they clash
    BrE BrE//klæʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klæʃ//
    he / she / it clashes
    BrE BrE//ˈklæʃɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklæʃɪz//
    past simple clashed
    BrE BrE//klæʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klæʃt//
    past participle clashed
    BrE BrE//klæʃt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//klæʃt//
    -ing form clashing
    BrE BrE//ˈklæʃɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈklæʃɪŋ//
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  1. 1[intransitive] clash (with somebody) to come together and fight or compete in a contest The two sets of supporters clashed outside the stadium. The two teams clash in tomorrow's final. Demonstrators clashed violently with police. See related entries: Conflict
  2. argue
  3. 2[intransitive] clash (with somebody) (over/on something) to argue or disagree seriously with somebody about something, and to show this in public The leaders and members clashed on the issue. The leaders clashed with party members on the issue.
  4. be different
  5. 3[intransitive] clash (with something) (of beliefs, ideas or personalities) to be very different and opposed to each other His left-wing views clashed with his father's politics. His views and his father's clashed. They have clashing personalities.
  6. of two events
  7. 4[intransitive] clash (with something) (of events) to happen at the same time so that you cannot go to or see them both Unfortunately your party clashes with a wedding I'm going to. There are two good movies on TV tonight, but they clash.
  8. of colours
  9. 5[intransitive] clash (with something) (of colours, patterns or styles) to look ugly when put together The wallpaper clashes with the carpet. The wallpaper and the carpet clash. Do you think these colours clash?
  10. make loud noise
  11. 6[intransitive, transitive] to hit together and make a loud ringing noise; to make two metal objects do this clash (together) The long blades clashed together. clash something (together) She clashed the cymbals.
  12. Word Originearly 16th cent.: imitative.Extra examples He has clashed repeatedly with the team coach over training schedules. They often clash violently with rival gangs. He clashed with his father over politics. His left-wing views clashed with his father’s politics. His views and his father’s clashed. The Prime Minister and his old rival clashed over European policy. The two teams clash in tomorrow’s final.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: clash

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