\ 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



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



Definition of across (Entry 3 of 3)

: being in a crossed position stood with her arms across

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Synonyms for across

Synonyms: Preposition

Synonyms: Adverb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Preposition This active indie scene was part of the reason Andrew Dorfman, who co-owns several comedy clubs across the U.S. including Zanies in Nashville, decided to open a club here in 2017, called Stand Up Live. Matt Wake |, al, 19 July 2021 Ohio’s increase in new coronavirus infections is in line with a trend seen across the U.S. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, 19 July 2021 The decision comes as COVID-19 cases are climbing across the U.S. due to the highly transmissible Delta variant. Greg Norman, Fox News, 19 July 2021 More than 128,000 people across the U.K. have died from the disease, the highest death toll in Europe. NBC News, 18 July 2021 The Work Institute's 2020 Retention Report estimates the cost of all this turnover for companies across the U.S. at $630 billion. Susan Bailey And Josh Trent, Star Tribune, 18 July 2021 Fathom has several manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and hopes to differentiate itself from early-stage companies going public via SPACs by touting its existing business. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, 16 July 2021 Her own landlord, Mynd Management, last month revealed plans to buy 20,000 single-family homes across the U.S. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 16 July 2021 The broad numbers don’t tell the full story: vaccine uptake is hugely variable across the U.S., and so more contagious variants are struggling to spread in some communities while inflicting real damage in others. Dhruv Khullar, The New Yorker, 16 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The comet, which is estimated to be 60 to 120 miles across, or about 10 times the diameter of most comets, is an icy relic flung out of the solar system by the migrating giant planets in the early history of the solar system. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 29 June 2021 Their resulting stickers are circular and about one inch across. Max G. Levy, Wired, 8 Apr. 2021 During their efforts Thursday to spread awareness about homelessness in San Antonio, Wright’s group did not disrupt traffic or meetings to get their message across. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Feb. 2021 Despite the endless entertainment that this clip has provided us, Zuckerberg's video — and rebrand as a cool, carefree surfer guy — is mostly coming across as painfully smug and out of touch (not to mention bizarre). Lydia Wang,, 6 July 2021 Biden administration officials have underscored the elevated rate of repeat offenders as well as the shifting demographics of those coming across. Quinn Owen, ABC News, 17 June 2021 In March, an Associated Press reporter standing on the riverbank on the American side, in Roma, Texas, saw people coming across at the rate of 100 an hour. Seth Harp, Rolling Stone, 14 June 2021 Agriculture officials had seen this year’s infestation coming, after a 2020 survey found dense concentrations of adult grasshoppers across about 55,000 square miles in the West. Matthew Brown, The Arizona Republic, 25 June 2021 Agriculture officials had seen this year's infestation coming, after a 2020 survey found dense concentrations of adult grasshoppers across about 55,000 square miles in the West. CBS News, 24 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective If Manchester United have hopes of closing the gap on their across-town rivals in Manchester City for next season’s Premier League, major reinforcements will be needed in the team, starting with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho. Liam Canning, Forbes, 28 May 2021 Reflecting its sporting brief, the new model will only be available with four seats; the three-across rear bench is replaced by two individual thrones. Greg Kable, Car and Driver, 20 May 2021 The views here are unbeatable: across is El Capitan; to your right, Cathedral Rocks; Half Dome lays beyond. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Feb. 2021 The songs effortlessly dip into funk, R. & B., and even spoken word, sounding from across generations as acts of protest. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 8 Dec. 2020 John Prine's music cut across genre, age, race, and gender lines to affect everyone who was fortunate enough to come in contact with his plain-spoken wisdom and razor-sharp wit. Ew Staff,, 8 Apr. 2020 So far, the DOC has reported four inmates have tested positive along with ten staff across four prisons and a community corrections office. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Apr. 2020 Earlier in the evening, Ross was honored with the Classic Contribution Award for his skills as an arranger, orchestrator, conductor and composer across film, the recording industry and television. Tallie Spencer, Billboard, 16 May 2019 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, 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of across


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


circa 1576, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for across


derivative of across entry 2


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


derivative of across entry 2

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22 Jul 2021

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“Across.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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)



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


\ 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.



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.

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