clash definition, meaning - what is clash in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “clash”

See all translations

clash

verb uk   us   /klæʃ/

clash verb (FIGHT)

C2 [I usually + adv/prep] to fight or argue: Students clashed with police after demonstrations at five universities. The government and the opposition parties have clashed over the cuts in defence spending. [I] If two opinions, statements, or qualities clash, they are very different from each other: This latest statement from the White House clashes with important aspects of US foreign policy.

clash verb (COMPETE)

[I] If two people or teams clash in a sports competition or race, they compete seriously against each other.

clash verb (NOT ATTRACTIVE)

C2 [I not continuous] If colours or styles clash, they look ugly or wrong together: I like red and orange together, though lots of people think they clash.

clash verb (HAPPEN TOGETHER)

C2 [I not continuous] UK If two events clash, they happen at the same time in a way that is not convenient: Her party clashes with my brother's wedding, so I won't be able to go.

clash verb (LOUD NOISE)

[I or T] to make a loud noise like metal hitting metal, or to cause something to make this noise: The saucepans clashed as he piled them into the sink. She clashed the cymbals together.

clash

noun uk   us   /klæʃ/

clash noun (FIGHT)

C2 [C] a fight or argument between people: Rioters hurled rocks and bottles in clashes with police at the weekend. There were violent clashes between the police and demonstrators in the city centre.C2 [C usually singular] a situation in which people's opinions or qualities are very different from and opposed to each other: a clash of opinions/loyalties/personalities
More examples

clash noun (COMPETITION)

[C] a sports competition or race between two people or teams

clash noun (NOT ATTRACTIVE)

[C] the fact of colours or styles looking ugly or wrong together

clash noun (HAPPENING TOGETHER)

[C] UK the situation when two events happen at the same time in a way that is not convenient: In the new timetable, there's a clash between history and physics.

clash noun (LOUD NOISE)

[C] a loud noise that sounds like metal hitting metal: a clash of cymbals
(Definition of clash from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of clash?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “clash”

Definitions of “clash” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

airwaves

the radio waves used for broadcasting radio and television programmes, or, more generally, radio or television broadcasting time

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

e-juice noun

April 27, 2015
the liquid content in an e-cigarette, which includes nicotine and may be flavoured in various ways Contestants…suck on a modified vaper until they’ve filled their chest cavity with enough vaporised nicotine “e-juice” to shoot out a belch of white smoke upwards of 4ft long.

Read More