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Definition of across adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1For the special uses of across in phrasal verbs, look at the entries for the verbs. For example, come across is in the phrasal verb section at come. from one side to the other side It's too wide. We can't swim across. The yard measures about 50 feet across.
  2. 2in a particular direction toward or at someone or something When my name was called, he looked across at me.
  3. 3across from opposite There's a school just across from our house.
  4. 4(of an answer in a crossword) written from side to side I can't do 3 across.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: across