American English

Definition of cross verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cross
    he / she / it crosses
    past simple crossed
    -ing form crossing
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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 toward me). cross (over) (from…) (to/into…) We crossed from Maine to New Brunswick. cross something to cross a/the road to cross the ocean/mountains to cross France by train The bridge crosses the Hudson River. A look of annoyance crossed her face. They crossed the finish 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).
  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 someone 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 sports
  9. 6[intransitive] (in soccer, etc.) to kick or pass a ball sideways across the field
  10. draw line
  11. 7[transitive] cross something to draw a line across something to cross your t's (= the letters in writing)
  12. make Christian symbol
  13. 8[transitive] cross yourself to make the sign of the cross (= the Christian symbol) on your chest
  14. Idioms
    cross your fingers
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    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) (informal)
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    used to emphasize that you are telling the truth or will do what you promise I saw him do it—cross my heart.
    cross your mind
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    (of thoughts, etc.) to come into your mind It never crossed my mind that she might lose (= I was sure that she would win).
    cross somebody's path, people's paths cross
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    if someone crosses someone'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 someone
    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
    get your wires crossed (informal)
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    to become confused about what someone has said to you so that you think they meant something else We seem to have gotten our wires crossed. I thought you were coming on Tuesday.
    Phrasal Verbscross somebody/somethingoffcross somethingout/throughcross over (to/into something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: cross