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cross

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noun \ ˈkrȯs \

Definition of cross

1 a :a structure consisting of an upright with a transverse beam used especially by the ancient Romans for execution
b often capitalized :the cross on which Jesus was crucified
b :an affliction that tries one's virtue, steadfastness, or patience
  • We all have our crosses to bear.
3 :a cruciform sign made to invoke the blessing of Christ especially by touching the forehead, breast, and shoulders
4 a :a device composed of an upright bar traversed (see 1traverse transitive 3) by a horizontal one; specifically :one used as a Christian symbol
b capitalized :the Christian religion
5 :a structure (such as a monument) shaped like or surmounted by a cross
  • a cross over a grave
6 :a figure or mark formed by two intersecting lines crossing at their midpoints
  • The crosses at the end of the letter indicate kisses.
; specifically :such a mark used as a signature
7 :a cruciform badge, emblem, or decoration
8 :the intersection of two ways or lines :crossing
9 :annoyance, thwarting
  • a cross in love
10 a :an act of crossing (see 2cross 8) dissimilar individuals
b :a crossbred individual or kind
  • The dog is a cross of a hunting dog and a sheepdog.
c :one that combines characteristics of two different types or individuals
  • A zedonk is a cross between a zebra and a donkey.
11 a :a fraudulent or dishonest contest
  • "I never fought a cross or struck a foul blow in my life … "
  • —George Bernard Shaw
b :dishonest or illegal practices used especially in the phrase on the cross
12 :a movement from one part of a theater stage to another
13 a :a punch thrown over the opponent's lead in boxing
  • hit him with a right cross
b :an attacking pass in soccer played across the field from one side to the other or to the middle
14 :a security transaction in which a broker acts for both buyer and seller (as in the placing of a large lot of common stock) called also cross-trade

Examples of cross in a Sentence

  1. a necklace with a gold cross

  2. The teacher marked the absent students on her list with crosses.

  3. Those who could not write signed their names with a cross.

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Origin and Etymology of cross

Middle English, from Old English, from Old Norse or Old Irish; Old Norse kross, from Old Irish cros, from Latin cruc-, crux


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cross

verb

Definition of cross

transitive verb
1 a :to lie or be situated across
2 :to make the sign of the cross upon or over
3 :to cancel by marking a cross on or drawing a line through :strike out
  • cross names off a list
4 :to place or fold crosswise one over the other
  • cross the arms
5 a (1) :to run counter to :oppose
(2) :to deny the validity of :contradict
b :to confront in a troublesome manner :obstruct
c (1) :to spoil completely :disrupt used with up
  • His failure to appear crossed up the whole program.
(2) :to turn against :betray
  • crossed me up on the deal
6 a :to extend across or over :traverse
  • a highway crossing the entire state
b :reach, attain
  • Only two crossed the finish line.
c :to go from one side of to the other
  • cross a street
  • crosses racial barriers
7 a :to draw a line across
b :to mark or figure with lines :streak
8 :to cause (an animal or plant) to interbreed with one of a different kind :hybridize
9 :to meet and pass on the way
  • Our letters must have crossed each other.
10 :to occur to
  • It never crossed my mind.
11 :to carry or take across something
  • crossed the children at the intersection
12 :to turn (the eyes) inward toward the nose
  • The boy made a funny face and crossed his eyes.
intransitive verb
1 a :to move, pass, or extend across something
  • crossed through France
  • crossed over to the other side of the river
b :to move or pass from one character, condition, or allegiance to another used with over
  • crossing over to vote for another party's candidate
2 :to lie or be athwart each other
3 :to meet in passing especially from opposite directions

crosser

noun
cross one's fingers or keep one's fingers crossed
:to hope for a particular or stated outcome
  • Owners are crossing their fingers that relief might be on the way.
  • —Mike Freeman
  • Keep your fingers crossed that something will be worked out.
  • —Marge Crumbaker
cross paths
:to meet especially by chance
  • crossed paths with an old friend on a business trip
cross swords
:to engage in a dispute

Examples of cross in a Sentence

  1. We crossed the state border hours ago.

  2. The dog crossed the street.

  3. The highway crosses the entire state.

  4. He was the first runner to cross the finish line.

  5. The train crosses through France.

  6. Put a nail where the boards cross.

  7. One line crossed the other.

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Origin and Etymology of cross

see 1cross

cross Synonyms

Synonyms
backstab, betray, double-cross, sell (out), two-time
Antonyms
stand by
Related Words
give away; inform (on), peach, rat (on), shop [British], snitch (on), split (on) [British], tell (on), turn in
Near Antonyms
defend, guard, protect, safeguard, save, shield

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cross

adjective

Definition of cross

1 a :lying across or athwart
b :moving across
  • cross traffic
2 a :running counter :opposite
b :mutually opposed
  • cross purposes
3 :involving mutual interchange :reciprocal
4 :marked by typically transitory bad temper
5 :extending over or treating several groups, conditions, or classes
  • a cross sample from 25 colleges

crossly

adverb

crossness

noun

Examples of cross in a Sentence

  1. I didn't mean to make you cross.

  2. I was cross with her for being so careless.

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Origin and Etymology of cross

see 1cross


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cross

preposition

Definition of cross

Origin and Etymology of cross

see 1cross


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cross

adverb

Definition of cross

:not parallel :crisscross, crosswise

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Origin and Etymology of cross

see 1cross


Cross

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biographical name \ ˈkrȯs \

Definition of Cross

Wilbur Lucius 1862–1948 American educator and politician

Cross

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geographical name \ ˈkrȯs \

Definition of Cross

river 300 miles (483 kilometers) long in western Cameroon and southeastern Nigeria flowing west and south into the Gulf of Guinea

CROSS Defined for English Language Learners

cross

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noun

Definition of cross for English Language Learners

  • : a long piece of wood with a shorter piece across it near the top that people were once fastened to and left to die on as a form of punishment

  • the Cross : the cross on which Jesus Christ died

  • : an object or image in the shape of a cross that is used as a symbol of Christianity


cross

verb

Definition of cross for English Language Learners

  • : to go from one side of (something) to the other : to go across (something)

  • : to go or pass across each other

  • : to place one arm, leg, etc., over the other


cross

adjective

Definition of cross for English Language Learners

  • : annoyed or angry


CROSS Defined for Kids

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cross

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noun \ ˈkrȯs \

Definition of cross for Students

1 :a structure, object, or mark formed by two lines that cross each other
2 often capitalized :the structure on which Jesus Christ was crucified used as a symbol of Christianity
3 :a mixture of two different things, types, or qualities
  • The game is a cross of luck and skill.
cross to bear
:a hardship that someone endures for a long time
  • We all have our crosses to bear.

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cross

verb

Definition of cross for Students

crossed; crossing
1 :to move, pass, or extend across or past
  • Look both ways before you cross the street.
2 :to place one over the other
  • Cross your fingers!
3 :to lie or be situated across
  • A path crosses the front yard.
4 :to go across :intersect
5 :to turn (the eyes) toward the nose
6 :to draw a line across
  • Remember to cross your t's.
7 :to act against :oppose
  • She's tough, and I wouldn't dare to cross her.
8 :to cause (an animal or plant) to breed with one of another kind :produce hybrids
9 :to pass going in opposite directions
  • Their letters crossed in the mail.
cross off
:to draw a line through (something)
  • You can cross my name off the list.
cross out
:to draw a line through (something) to show that it is wrong
  • I crossed out the misspelled word.
cross someone's mind
:to be thought of by someone
  • Losing never crossed her mind.
cross yourself
:to touch the forehead, chest, and shoulders as an expression of Christian faith (as in prayer)

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cross

adjective

Definition of cross for Students

crosser; crossest
1 :hard to get along with :irritable
2 :lying, falling, or passing across
  • a cross street

crossly

adverb

Medical Dictionary

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cross

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noun \ ˈkrȯs \

medical Definition of cross

1 :a device composed of an upright bar traversed by a horizontal one
2 a :an act of crossing dissimilar individuals
b :a crossbred individual or kind

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cross

transitive verb

medical Definition of cross

:to cause (an animal or plant) to interbreed with one of a different kind :hybridize
  • the crossing of two cattle breeds
intransitive verb

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cross

adjective

medical Definition of cross



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