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cross-checked; cross-checking; cross-checks

transitive verb

: to obstruct in ice hockey or lacrosse by thrusting one's stick held in both hands across an opponent's face or body
: to check (something, such as data or reports) from various angles or sources to determine validity or accuracy


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: an act or instance of cross-checking

Examples of cross-check in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Members of Congress and safety advocates urged the FAA to strengthen its oversight by cross-checking its national registry of pilots - not just those in northern California - with databases maintained by Social Security and other federal agencies that pay disability claims. Lisa Rein and Craig Whitlock, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Aug. 2023 Advertisement Texas is required by state law to participate in a program, but no analogous voter cross-check program to ERIC currently exists. Philip Jankowski, Dallas News, 20 July 2023 By cross-checking the filers' addresses with political attitudes in their home states, the researchers determined that listing the man first on a return was a strong indication that a couple held fairly conservative social and political beliefs. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 10 July 2023 Health care providers should also cross-check for cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure, among other measurements. Lucy Tu, Scientific American, 5 July 2023 The city clerk’s office would conduct a series of annual cross-checks to ensure that a business currently owns property in the city. Jeanne Sahadi, CNN, 1 July 2023 Costco is more consistently asking for photo ID, like a driver’s license or a state ID, and cross-checking it against the membership card, according to The Dallas Morning News, which was the first to report the news. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 28 June 2023 Under the proposal, corporate entities must register as voters with City Hall and include a list of their beneficial owners; city officials are then intended to cross-check these lists with resident voter rolls to prevent double voting, according to the proposal. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, 21 June 2023 And federal loan applicants weren’t cross-checked against a Treasury Department database that would have raised red flags about sketchy borrowers. Aaron Kessler, oregonlive, 12 June 2023
The company, however, declined to implement such recommendations as publicly marking the pages of state actors and political candidates, business partners, media actors and other public figures included in the cross-check program. Clare Duffy, CNN, 3 Mar. 2023 Dylan Larkin avoids suspension, but fined $5,000 for cross-check Raymond hasn't played since suffering a lower-body injury in a collision with teammate Ben Chiarot on Feb. 10. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


circa 1930, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cross-check was circa 1930

Dictionary Entries Near cross-check

Cite this Entry

“Cross-check.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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