Meaning of “clash” in the English Dictionary

"clash" in English

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uk /klæʃ/ 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 (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.


uk /klæʃ/ 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

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(Definition of “clash” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"clash" in American English

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us /klæʃ/

clash verb (FIGHT)

[ I ] to fight or disagree:

The president and Congress clashed again over the budget.

clash verb (NOT MATCH)

[ I ] (of colors or styles) to look ugly or wrong together:

I do not think that red clashes with orange.

clash verb (MAKING A SOUND)

[ I/T ] the act of making a loud sound like that made when metal objects hit:

[ I ] From the kitchen you could hear dishes clashing as they were stacked.

clashnoun [ C ]

us /klæʃ/

clash noun [ C ] (SOUND)

a loud sound like that made when metal objects hit

clash noun [ C ] (FIGHT)

a disagreement, or a fight that becomes violent:

clashes between demonstrators and police

(Definition of “clash” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)