across

preposition

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
\ə-ˈkrȯs, chiefly dialectal -ˈkrȯst\

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

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Synonyms for across

Synonyms: Preposition

athwart, over, through

Synonyms: Adverb

athwart, over, through

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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

The general strike followed mass protests that fanned out across the Central American nation on Thursday. NBC News, "Violence rings out at Nicaraguan church, university after nationwide strike," 14 July 2018 Most people are incensed by the recent rise in mass shootings at schools, nightclubs and public events across the nation. Phil Diehl, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Protesters to return with weekend gun show," 13 July 2018 Training that prepares college students to recognize and respond to signs of mental distress among their peers is now found at hundreds of universities across the nation. Aneri Pattani, chicagotribune.com, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 12 July 2018 TripAdvisor has pulled feedback from its users to assemble a list of the best burger joints across the country. Chris Morris, Fortune, "This Is Where You Can Find the Best Hamburger in the U.S., According to TripAdvisor," 12 July 2018 As hundreds of people across the country lined up for Build-A-Bear’s one-time-only Pay Your Age Day, The Krazy Coupon Lady made a heartwarming contribution on the special day. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Krazy Coupon Lady Uses Build-A-Bear's 'Pay Your Age' Sale to Gift Plushes to 100 Refugee Children," 12 July 2018 If her shoe design fits, bowlers across the nation will wear it. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin graphic designer named finalist in bowling shoe makeover contest," 11 July 2018 Honey jarred and sold in Orlando’s Parramore neighborhood may soon be found in teacups and on biscuits across the nation. Ryan Gillespie, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Steve Harvey appearance nets Orlando teens' Black Bee Honey sweet national deal," 11 July 2018 The 12,500 square-foot, two-story building is at 209 S. Kings Dr., across from the Target and BJ’s. Katherine Peralta, charlotteobserver, "New retail tenants to open soon in a booming Charlotte neighborhood," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The central government often uses inspections as a way to evaluate local officials and get top-level directives across. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "China’s Effort to Control Debt Loses Steam," 12 July 2018 The declining water level revealed a land bridge connecting an island rookery to the shore, allowing coyotes to pad across and feast on gulls and their nests. Louis Sahagun, latimes.com, "A changing climate at Mono Lake could mean more dust storms in the Eastern Sierra — or less water for L.A.," 5 July 2018 Unfortunately, the typical smooth hydrangea bloom measures 3-4 inches across but is made up almost entirely of the non-showy, fertile flowers with just a few of the showy offerings spotted around the edge of the bloom. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Why this Kentucky plant is the 'Manolo Blahniks' of the garden world," 22 June 2018 The holes are round and about one-half inch across. Dan Gill, NOLA.com, "How to identify and rid your garden of pesky tomato fruitworms," 19 May 2018 Organic Precision Fires, as reported by Military.com, would consist of a drone packed in a canister no more than ten inches across and eight feet long. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Marines Want an Ultra-Portable Kamikaze Drone," 26 Apr. 2018 The slotted and vented front rotors measure 15.4 inches across, while the rears are 13.8-inch jobs. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Demon Jr.: Challenger Hellcat Widebody's bigger tires pay big track dividends," 16 Apr. 2018 Look for 50 to 150 white flowers in umbrella-like clusters with leaves up to five feet across. Sarah Klein, Health.com, "Giant Hogweed Sent This Virginia Teen to the Hospital. Here's What to Know About the Scary Plant That Can Burn Your Skin and Lead to Blindness," 13 July 2018 The man wasn't injured, but the blast left a crater about 2 feet deep and 2 feet across. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Pennsylvania homes raided in investigation into mystery explosions," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 And, because such practices are passed across generations, any systematic harm done to a community’s ability to support children will ripple across time; in the United States, such systematic harm has been waged on people of color. Jack Schneider, The Atlantic, "What School-Funding Debates Ignore," 22 Jan. 2018 Salah completed the rout 15 minutes from the end, receiving the ball from Mane before driving a powerful effort across goal into the bottom corner. USA TODAY, "Liverpool wins at West Ham in EPL as Mane returns to action," 4 Nov. 2017 Abend made a bee-line across and became another passing option for Totsch. Daniel Karell, The Courier-Journal, "Video study: How making space is leading to more goals for Louisville City FC," 13 July 2017

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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

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across

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of across

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: from one side to the other

: in a measurement from one side to the other side

: on the opposite side

across

preposition

English Language Learners Definition of across (Entry 2 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
\ə-ˈkrȯs \

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.

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