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Definition of across preposition from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1from one side to the other side of something He walked across the field. I drew a line across the page. A grin spread across her face. Where's the nearest bridge across the river?
  2. 2on the other side of something There's a bank right across the street.
  3. 3on or over a part of the body He hit him across the face. It's too tight across the back.
  4. 4in every part of a place, group of people, etc. synonym throughout Her family is scattered across the country. This view is common across all sections of the community.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: across