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across

preposition
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of across

1 a : 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.
4 a : throughout
  • … obvious interest across the nation.
  • —Robert Goralski
b : so as to include or take into consideration all classes or categories

Examples of across in a Sentence

  1. We took a ferry across the river.

  2. We saw them walking across the street.

  3. She reached across the table to shake his hand.

  4. They traveled back and forth across the border.

  5. Airplanes flew across the sky above us.

  6. He was seated across the table from me.

  7. The accident happened just across the state line.

  8. A smile spread across her face.

  9. Looking out across the ocean, he saw land.

  10. The sun's light spread across the mountains.

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Origin and Etymology of across

derivative of 2across

across Synonyms

Synonyms
athwart, over, through
Related Words
around, round; beyond, past

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across

adverb \ ə-ˈkrȯs , chiefly dialectal -ˈkrȯst \

Definition of across

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

Examples of across in a Sentence

  1. The streams are small enough to jump across.

  2. They walked across to the other side of the street.

  3. They reached across and shook each other's hand.

  4. At its widest point, the pond measures 150 feet across.

  5. I saw them crossing the street and I waited until they were safely across.

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Origin and Etymology of across

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 1cross and en to a- 1a- — more at 1in

across Synonyms

Synonyms
over, athwart, through
Related Words
clear

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across

adjective

Definition of across

: being in a crossed position
  • stood with her arms across

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Origin and Etymology of across

derivative of 2across


ACROSS Defined for English Language Learners

across

adverb

Definition of across for English Language Learners

  • : from one side to the other

  • : in a measurement from one side to the other side

  • : on the opposite side


across

preposition

Definition of across for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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across

adverb \ ə-ˈkrȯs \

Definition of across for Students

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.

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across

preposition

Definition of across for Students

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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