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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    ...collides with a person or object that is not moving...

    collide. If two or more moving people or objects collide, they crash into one another. If a moving person or object collides with a person or object that is not moving, they crash into them.
    Collide definition and meaning | Collins English ...

    According to the definition, "collide" involves two or moving people or objects. However, the second sentence states that when a moving person or object collides with a person or object that is not moving, they crash into them.

    Does "a person or object that is not moving" contradict the definition?

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    Re: ...collides with a person or object that is not moving...

    Not every dictionary agrees with Collins. [link]

    Merriam-Webster, for example, gives the sample sentence 'The car collided with a tree', which sounds perfectly good to me.

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    Re: ...collides with a person or object that is not moving...

    You pasted a usage example, not the definition.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: ...collides with a person or object that is not moving...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Does "a person or object that is not moving" contradict the definition?
    I don't think so- the definition talks about two moving people or objects. If one is not moving, then the dictionary says that a different verb should be used. I think they may be slightly over-egging the case, but I would use crashed with tree, but I wouldn't think collided was wrong.

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