across

preposition
\ ə-ˈkrȯs How to pronounce across (audio) , chiefly dialectal -ˈkrȯst\

Definition of across

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : from one side to the opposite side of : over, through swam across the river
b : on the opposite side of lives across the street from us
2 : so as to intersect or pass through at an angle sawed across the grain of the wood
3 : so as to find or meet Researchers have come across important new evidence.
4a : throughout … obvious interest across the nation.— Robert Goralski
b : so as to include or take into consideration all classes or categories

across

adverb

Definition of across (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : in a position reaching from one side to the other : crosswise cut the potato across into thin slices
2 : to or on the opposite side The stream was small enough to jump across.
3 : so as to be understandable, acceptable, or successful trying to get an argument across

across

adjective

Definition of across (Entry 3 of 3)

: being in a crossed position stood with her arms across

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for across

Synonyms: Preposition

athwart, over, through

Synonyms: Adverb

athwart, over, through

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of across in a Sentence

Preposition

We took a ferry across the river. We saw them walking across the street. She reached across the table to shake his hand. They traveled back and forth across the border. Airplanes flew across the sky above us. He was seated across the table from me. The accident happened just across the state line. A smile spread across her face. Looking out across the ocean, he saw land. The sun's light spread across the mountains.

Adverb

The streams are small enough to jump across. They walked across to the other side of the street. They reached across and shook each other's hand. At its widest point, the pond measures 150 feet across. I saw them crossing the street and I waited until they were safely across.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition

Within the past year, chefs across the country have begun talking about mental health issues in restaurants. San Francisco Chronicle, "Rashad Armstead fills a bag of French fries at his restaurant, Grammie's Down-Home Chicken, in Oakland.," 30 Aug. 2019 The bail industry that profits off the underprivileged is stopping reform across the country. Erica Hernandez, CNN, "Settle in with these weekend reads," 30 Aug. 2019 The move sparked protests across the country, resignations, and a petition with over 1.5 million signatures. Julia Webster, Time, "Former U.K. Prime Minister Joins Court Case to Stop Boris Johnson Suspending Parliament," 30 Aug. 2019 Six Alabama television stations will join fellow Nexstar Media Group properties across the country in daily airings of the National Anthem, the company announced. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "More Alabama television stations to start day with National Anthem," 30 Aug. 2019 What Delaney did next has caught the attention of many laundromat owners and television stations across the country. Jordan Frias, BostonGlobe.com, "Millbury laundromat owner returns more than $500 found in customer’s clothes," 30 Aug. 2019 The show was run by male eccentrics with money, shot in Vegas, and adored by young boys across the country. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "In Season 3, “GLOW” Raises the Stakes," 30 Aug. 2019 Yummy’s story still resonates in Chicago 25 years after his journey from executioner to executed was splashed on TVs across the country as the latest example of the city’s gang warfare. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Daywatch: Chicago faces looming $838 million budget shortfall, how ‘Yummy’ Sandifer’s story shocked the nation 25 years ago and other things to know to start your day," 30 Aug. 2019 Ghungroo bells worn on dancers’ feet, mridangam and tabla drums, ektara single-string instruments, Bharatanatyam dance movements and tala clapping and tapping allow people across the country to express themselves. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "India's colorful cultural heritage takes center stage at MIM celebration," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

All the rain is a result of a warm, humid air mass that has parked itself across much of Wisconsin, Cronce said. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Heavy rain possible across much of Wisconsin through Thursday," 10 Sep. 2019 Chelsea's third most expensive player is still facing an uncertain future in Frank Lampard's starting lineup this season, even though he's started their last four games across all competitions already. SI.com, "Christian Pulisic Set for Early Return at Chelsea After Deciding to Cut Short International Duty," 7 Sep. 2019 After the clashes, the subway system suspended service across much of Hong Kong. Austin Ramzy, New York Times, "Hong Kong Protesters Squeeze Access to the Airport," 1 Sep. 2019 The shepherd moons Pan, Daphnis, Atlas, Pandora and Prometheus, measuring between eight and 130 kilometers across, quite literally shepherd the ring particles, keeping them in their present orbits. Vahe Peroomian, The Conversation, "A brief astronomical history of Saturn’s amazing rings," 14 Aug. 2019 The Milky Way galaxy measures some 258,000 light-years across. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Scientists weighed all the mass in the Milky Way galaxy. It’s mind-boggling.," 27 June 2019 The mini moon measures just about a mile and a half across, and looks like a wee interloper passing in front of the mighty sun. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Curiosity Watched Two Eclipses on Mars. Here's What It Saw.," 5 Apr. 2019 Have on hand a round Dutch oven with a lid that measures 8½ to 9 inches across. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipe: Irish cooks came to this country knowing how to make brown bread with their eyes closed," 28 June 2018 The Nations League winner was in scintillating form during 2018/19, amassing 32 goals and 18 assists across all competitions for Sporting. SI.com, "Bruno Fernandes Reveals Sporting CP Blocked Summer Transfer to Tottenham," 31 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Erik Lamela ran onto Kane's header and fired a tame shot across goal that goalkeeper Bernd Leno failed to handle, gifting Eriksen a simple tap in. Matias Grez, CNN, "Arsenal comes from two goals down to earn draw against Tottenham," 1 Sep. 2019 In his five seasons in Arizona, Palmer etched his name across team record books. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Carson Palmer on Cardinals' Ring of Honor: 'I don't think I quite grasp the magnitude'," 5 June 2019 To evoke the iconic mob wife, Polko styled Teigen's hair into a loose bob with a smooth, all-across fringe with ends that Polko curled inward. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Chrissy Teigen’s New Bob Is Giving Us Scarface Vibes," 18 Mar. 2019 That requires the participation of staff across departments. Nancy Harris, Recode, "A practical guide to the European Union’s GDPR for American businesses," 16 May 2018 The Italian international performed some stunning stopovers, before using Ádám Nagy as a shield to guide a vicious shot across goal and into the corner of Antonio Mirante's far post. SI.com, "Bologna 1-2 AC Milan: Rossoneri Survive Late Scare From Rossoblu to End Barren Winless Run," 29 Apr. 2018 The campaign highlights fixes the bank has made, as well as its more than 165-year-old history, including its role transporting gold across American as the nation was expanding westward. Deon Roberts, charlotteobserver, "Wells Fargo knows customers are still frustrated. Here's what they're doing about it. | Charlotte Observer," 7 May 2018 First, Cuadrado fired a cross-cum-shot across goal which was cruelly deflected into his own net by Milan Skriniar in the 87th minute. SI.com, "Juventus Comes Back From 2-1 Deficit to Beat 10-Man Inter," 28 Apr. 2018 Insigne then drew Donnarumma into action, after firing a shot across goal straight into the enormous frame of the prodigious 19-year-old. SI.com, "AC Milan 0-0 Napoli: Rossoneri Survive Gli Azzurri Onslaught to Effectively End Serie A Title Race," 15 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'across.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of across

Preposition

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

circa 1576, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for across

Preposition

derivative of across entry 2

Adverb

Middle English a-croiz, a-cros "in the shape of a cross, in a crossed position, from one side to another," borrowed from Anglo-French en croiz (from en "in, on"—going back to Latin in— + croiz "cross," going back to Latin cruc-, crux) with assimilation of Anglo-French croiz to cros cross entry 1 and en to a- a- entry 1 — more at in entry 1

Adjective

derivative of across entry 2

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about across

Statistics for across

Last Updated

17 Sep 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for across

The first known use of across was in the 13th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for across

across

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of across

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: from one side to the other side of (something)
: on the other side of (something)
: so as to reach or spread over or throughout (something)

across

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of across (Entry 2 of 2)

: from one side to the other
: in a measurement from one side to the other side
: on the opposite side

across

adverb
\ ə-ˈkrȯs How to pronounce across (audio) \

Kids Definition of across

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : from one side to the other They reached across and shook hands.
2 : a measurement from one side to another The lake is a mile across.
3 : on the opposite side Watch me till I get across.

across

preposition

Kids Definition of across (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to or on the opposite side of The chicken ran across the street. My grandparents live across the street.
2 : so as to pass, go over, or intersect at an angle Lay one stick across another.
3 : in every part of The story spread all across town.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on across

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with across

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for across

Spanish Central: Translation of across

Nglish: Translation of across for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of across for Arabic Speakers

Comments on across

What made you want to look up across? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

miscellaneous remnants or debris

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!