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Definition of across preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    across

     preposition
    preposition
    BrE BrE//əˈkrɒs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈkrɔːs//
     
    , NAmE//əˈkrɑːs//
     
     
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  1. 1  from 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. 2  on 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.
  5. 5knowing a lot about something; covering or in control of something We need someone who is across all the issues. Radio 8 will be across events as they unfold.
  6. Word OriginMiddle English (as an adverb meaning ‘in the form of a cross’): from Old French a croix, en croix ‘in or on a cross’, later regarded as being from a- ‘to, towards’ + cross.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: across