cross1 W2S2 [krɔs US kro:s] v
1¦(go from one side to another)¦
2¦(cross a line etc)¦
3¦(two roads/lines etc)¦
5 cross somebody's mind
6 cross somebody's face
7 cross your fingers
8¦(breed of plant/animal)¦
9 somebody's paths cross
10 cross that bridge when you come to it
11 cross my heart (and hope to die)
12¦(make somebody angry)¦
16 cross swords (with somebody)
17 cross yourself
18 cross somebody's palm with silver
Phrasal verbs
 cross something<=>off
 cross something<=>out
 cross over
to go or stretch from one side of something such as a road, river, room etc to the other
cross to
He crossed to the window.
cross (over) the road/street/river etc
It's easy to have an accident just crossing the road.
He was hit by a car when he tried to cross over the road near Euston station.
cross the Atlantic/the Channel etc
the first steamship to cross the Atlantic
An old bridge crosses the river.
cross over
She crossed over to sit beside Dot.
2.) ¦(CROSS A LINE ETC)¦ [T]
if you cross a line, track etc you go over and beyond it
He raised his arms in triumph as he crossed the line for his 100-metres win.
3.) ¦(TWO ROADS/LINES ETC)¦ [I and T]
if two or more roads, lines, etc cross, or if one crosses another, they go across each other
The by-pass crosses Wilton Lane shortly after a roundabout.
if you cross your legs, arms, or ↑ankles, you put one on top of the other
She was sitting on the floor with her legs crossed.
5.) cross sb's mind [usually in negatives]
if you say that an idea, thought etc never crossed your mind, you mean that you did not think of it
= ↑occur to somebody
It didn't cross her mind that she might be doing something illegal.
the thought has (never) crossed my mind
(=used to tell someone you have thought of the thing they are suggesting, or have never thought of it)
6.) cross sb's face
written if an expression crosses someone's face, it appears on their face
A look of surprise crossed her face.
7.) cross your fingers
used to say that you hope something will happen in the way you want
She hung the washing out, then crossed her fingers for a dry day.
The exam's at two. Will you keep your fingers crossed for me?
to mix two or more different breeds of animal or plant to form a new breed
a flower produced by crossing several different varieties
cross sth with sth
These cattle were crossed with horned animals from the highlands.
9.) sb's paths cross also cross paths
if two people's paths cross, or if they cross paths, they meet, usually without expecting it
If our paths crossed I usually ignored her.
We didn't cross paths again until 2001.
10.) cross that bridge when you come to it
used to say that you will not think or worry about something until it actually happens
11.) cross my heart (and hope to die)
spoken informal used to say that you promise that you will do something, or that what you are saying is true
to make someone angry by opposing their plans or orders
He hated anyone who crossed him.
13.) ¦(SPORT)¦ [I and T]
to kick, throw, or hit the ball across the playing area in a sport such as football, ↑hockey etc
14.) ¦(CHEQUE)¦ [T]
BrE to draw two lines across a cheque to show that it must be paid into the bank account of the person whose name is on it
15.) ¦(LETTERS)¦
if two letters about the same subject cross in the post, each was sent before the other was received
16.) cross swords (with sb)
to argue with someone
I've crossed swords with him on a number of issues.
17.) cross yourself
to move your hand across your upper body in the shape of a cross as a sign of the Christian faith
18.) cross sb's palm with silver
[i]especially BrE to give money to someone when you want them to tell your ↑fortune
dot the i's and cross the t's atdot2 (4), cross the Rubicon atRubicon
cross off [cross sth<=>off] phr v
to draw a line through one or more things on a list because you have dealt with them or they are not needed any more
Whenever I buy something, I cross it off the list.
cross out [cross sth<=>out] phr v
to draw a line or lines through something you have written or drawn, usually because it is wrong
I crossed out 'Miss' and wrote 'Ms'.
cross over phr v
1.) if an entertainer crosses over from one area of entertainment to another, they become successful in the second one as well as the first
2.) BrE old use to die
cross 2
cross2 W3S3 n
1¦(mixture of things)¦
2¦(mark on paper)¦
3¦(Christian sign)¦
5¦(military award)¦
[Date: 900-1000; : Old Norse; Origin: kross, from an unrecorded Old Irish cross, from Latin crux]
a mixture of two things, breeds, or qualities
cross between
The tour manager's role is a cross between hostess and courier.
Their dog is a cross between two well-known breeds.
especially BrE
a) a mark (x or +) used on paper, to represent where something is, or where something should be
I've put a cross on the map to mark where our street is.
Please sign your name by the cross.
b) a mark (x) used on paper to show that something that has been written or printed is not correct
My homework got a lot more ticks than crosses.
c) a mark (x or +) used by someone who cannot write, in order to sign their name
spire, ↑cross
a) the cross
the cross that Jesus Christ died on
Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
b) an object, picture, or mark in the shape of a cross, used as a sign of the Christian faith or for decoration
Pauline wore a tiny gold cross.
an upright post of wood with another crossing it near the top, that people in the past were fastened to with nails and left to die on as a punishment
a decoration in the shape of a cross that is given to someone as an honour, especially for military courage
He was awarded the George Cross.
6.) ¦(SPORT)¦
a) a kick or hit of the ball in a sport such as football, ↑hockey etc, that goes across the field
b) a way of hitting someone in the sport of ↑boxing, in which your arm goes over theirs as they try to hit you
He caught his opponent with a right cross to the chin.
7.) ¦(PROBLEM)¦
if you describe something as the cross that someone has to bear, you mean it is a problem that makes them very unhappy or worried, and that continues for a long time
I feel sorry for you, but we all have our crosses to bear .
the sign of the Cross atsign1 (10)
cross 3
cross3 S2 adj [usually before noun] especially BrE
angry or annoyed
get/be cross (with sb)
She gets cross when he goes out drinking.
Sometimes I get very cross with the children.
cross at/about
She was cross at being interrupted.
>crossly adv

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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