\ 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 Carter has asked the City Attorney’s office to draft a new executive order that opens the program to qualifying low-income families across the city, Karcher-Ramos said, after council members questioned the ZIP code limit. Emma Nelson, Star Tribune, "St. Paul will use CARES Act money for guaranteed income experiment," 16 Sep. 2020 Winfrey's office is in the process of installing additional ballot drop boxes across the city and decided to wait until the installations are complete to begin accepting election materials from voters. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit to install new drop boxes for absentee ballots, voter registration forms, more," 15 Sep. 2020 To end the lawsuit, the housing authority agreed to a host of measures to dissuade crime at 10 complexes across the city. Fenit Nirappil, Washington Post, "D.C. must spend more than $3 million in security for crime-plagued public housing," 15 Sep. 2020 At the city’s 45 learning hubs at parks, libraries and recreation centers across the city, kids had access Monday to Wi-Fi, academic support, three meals, play time with friends — and something close to normalcy from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "SF schools still closed, but city gives 800 kids a place to learn as parents cheer: ‘A big, big relief’," 14 Sep. 2020 As performance venues and bars across the city closed in March, adult entertainers found themselves in a similar situation as musicians and other live performers. Sarah Ravits, NOLA.com, "Spot check: A look into the lives of New Orleans artists and entertainers six months after the start of COVID-19," 14 Sep. 2020 Celebrate virtually with Oktoberfest Zelebration Packs, or at polka pop-ups in neighborhoods across the city. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Sept. 14-20," 12 Sep. 2020 Soon after the May 2018 incident, Brasfield, now 39, got a $1,206 bill for the 4-mile ambulance ride across the northwestern Ohio city of Findlay – more than $300 a mile. Laura Ungar, USA TODAY, "'Surprise' bills from ambulances deal a costly blow. Patients need more protection, researchers say.," 11 Sep. 2020 The estimate indicates that thousands of students across the city did not attend virtual classes Tuesday, although the reasons why were not immediately clear. Lillian Reed, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore public schools estimate 80% of students attended first day of online classes," 10 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb He’s been animated on the bases and in the field, which comes across as confidence in his abilities. Evan Grant, Dallas News, "The best is yet to come? Rangers' young roster additions look hungry, not overwhelmed," 12 Sep. 2020 Despite the setback of not being able to show his collection at an in-person event, Baginskiy found a great virtual alternative to get his vision across. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ruslan Baginskiy Conjures a Dreamy Couture Collection," 9 Sep. 2020 Less than 6 inches across, the outer shell was all that remained of this animal after the fire. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Biologists survey wildfire destruction on Utah tortoise habitat," 6 Sep. 2020 Despite being slightly smaller than Earth, the study found Venus’ average coronae was around 186 miles across, more than twice the size of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, which is Earth’s largest active volcano. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Researchers Discover What May Be 37 Active Volcanoes on Venus," 23 July 2020 The pipes, each more than 4 feet across, will replace an old and leaky sewer line that repeatedly spewed its stinky contents into yards from south to north, from the Rio Vista neighborhood to Victoria Park to Coral Ridge. Susannah Bryan, sun-sentinel.com, "Miles and miles of sewer pipe, waiting to get buried in Fort Lauderdale," 3 Sep. 2020 Emergency managers use those figures to get their evacuation messages across properly, said hurricane expert Brian McNoldy of the University of Miami. Seth Borenstein, Star Tribune, "A wobble, luck and preparations lessened Laura's devastation," 28 Aug. 2020 Nine eggs are scattered in the brush over an area roughly 75 feet across. National Geographic, "They may look goofy, but ostriches are nobody’s fool," 4 Aug. 2020 Instead of helping voters across, Biden opted to spend huge swaths of the biggest speech of his life merely describing the presence of the bridges. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Joe Biden's acceptance speech: Michigan political experts weigh in," 22 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, EW.com, "Singer-songwriter John Prine remembered as a 'national treasure' by Bruce Springsteen and more," 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, "Early releases free up isolation space, improve distancing at jails," 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, "BMI Honors Terence Blanchard and William Ross at 2019 Film, TV & Visual Media Awards," 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, "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

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

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19 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Across.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/across. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce across (audio)

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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