Definition of cross verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//krɒs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɔːs//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cross
    BrE BrE//krɒs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɔːs//
    he / she / it crosses
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɒsɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɔːsɪz//
    past simple crossed
    BrE BrE//krɒst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɔːst//
    past participle crossed
    BrE BrE//krɒst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//krɔːst//
    -ing form crossing
    BrE BrE//ˈkrɒsɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkrɔːsɪŋ//
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    go/put across
  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] to go across; to pass or stretch from one side to the other cross (over) I waved and she crossed over (= crossed the road towards me). cross (over) (from…) (to/into…) We crossed from Dover to Calais. cross something to cross a/the road to cross the sea/mountains to cross France by train The bridge crosses the River Dee. A look of annoyance crossed her face. They crossed the finishing line together (= in a race). cross over something He crossed over the road and joined me.
  2. 2  [intransitive] to pass across each other The roads cross just outside the town. The straps cross over at the back and are tied at the waist. Our letters must have crossed in the mail (= each was sent before the other was received). We seem to have a crossed line (= a telephone call that interrupts another call because of a wrong connection).
  3. 3  [transitive] cross something to put or place something across or over something else to cross your arms/legs (= place one arm or leg over the other) She sat with her legs crossed. a flag with a design of two crossed keys
  4. oppose
  5. 4[transitive] cross somebody to oppose somebody or speak against them or their plans or wishes She's really nice until you cross her. (literary) He had been crossed in love (= the person he loved was not faithful to him).
  6. mix animals/plants
  7. 5[transitive] cross A with B | cross A and B to make two different types of animal breed together; to mix two types of plant to form a new one A mule is the product of a horse crossed with a donkey. (figurative) He behaved like an army officer crossed with a professor.
  8. in sport
  9. 6[intransitive] (in football (soccer ) or hockey) to kick or pass a ball sideways across the field See related entries: Soccer
  10. draw line
  11. 7[transitive] cross something to draw a line across something to cross your t’s (= the letters in writing) (British English) to cross a cheque (= to draw two lines across it so that it can only be paid through a bank account)
  12. make Christian symbol
  13. 8[transitive] cross yourself to make the sign of the cross (= the Christian symbol) on your chest
  14. Word Originlate Old English (in the sense ‘monument in the form of a cross’): from Old Norse kross, from Old Irish cros, from Latin crux.Extra examples Children must be taught to cross the road safely. Let’s cross over now while the road is clear. She crossed to the door. They crossed from the States into Canada. They were arrested trying to cross the border. We crossed over the river into Sweden. A bridge crosses the river a few miles upstream. He crossed over from the other side of the road. It was the first time she had crossed the Atlantic. Our letters must have crossed in the mail. The ferry crosses from Portsmouth to Santander. They crossed the finishing line together. They crossed the mountains into Spain. We seem to have a crossed line. You have to be really careful crossing the road here.Idioms to hope that your plans will be successful (sometimes putting one finger across another as a sign of hoping for good luck) I'm crossing my fingers that my proposal will be accepted. Keep your fingers crossed!
    cross my heart (and hope to die)
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    (informal) used to emphasize that you are telling the truth or will do what you promise I saw him do it—cross my heart.
    (of thoughts, etc.) to come into your mind synonym occur to somebody It never crossed my mind that she might lose (= I was sure that she would win).
    cross somebody’s palm with silver
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    to give somebody money so that they will do you a favour, especially tell your fortune
    cross somebody’s path, people’s paths cross
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    if somebody crosses somebody’s path or their paths cross, they meet by chance I hope I never cross her path again. Our paths were to cross again many years later.
    cross swords (with somebody)
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    to fight or argue with somebody
    cross that bridge when you come to it
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    to worry about a problem when it actually happens and not before
    dot your i’s and cross your t’s
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    to pay attention to the small details when you are finishing a task
    (informal) to become confused about what somebody has said to you so that you think they meant something else We seem to have got our wires crossed. I thought you were coming on Tuesday.
    Phrasal Verbscross off somebodycross out somethingcross over
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cross