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Meaning of “cross-examine” in the English Dictionary

"cross-examine" in British English

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cross-examineverb [T]

uk   /ˌkrɒs.ɪɡˈzæm.ɪn/  us   /ˌkrɑːs-/ (also cross-question)
to ​askdetailedquestions of someone, ​especially a witness in a ​trial, in ​order to ​discover if they have been ​telling the ​truth
cross-examination
noun [C usually singular, U] uk   /ˌkrɒs.ɪɡˌzæm.ɪˈneɪ.ʃən/  us   /ˌkrɑːs-/
Under cross-examination, the ​witnessadmitted her ​evidence had been ​mostlylies.
cross-examiner
noun [C] uk   /ˌkrɒs.ɪɡˈzæm.ɪ.nər/  us   /ˌkrɑː.sɪɡˈzæm.ɪ.nɚ/
(Definition of cross-examine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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cross-examineverb [T]

 us   /ˌkrɔs·ɪɡˈzæm·ən/
to ​askdetailedquestions of someone, esp. during a ​trial, in ​order to ​discover if the ​person has been ​telling the ​truth: Defense ​attorneys cross-examined the ​witness.
cross-examination
noun [C/U]  us   /ˌkrɔs·ɪɡˌzæm·əˈneɪ·ʃən/
[U] Under cross-examination, she ​admitted she’d ​lied.
(Definition of cross-examine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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cross-examineverb [T]

uk   us   /ˌkrɒsɪɡˈzæmɪn/ LAW
to ​ask someone detailed ​questions, especially in a ​lawcourt, in ​order to discover if what they said earlier was ​true: Expert ​witnesses were cross-examined on their ​statements about how the accident had occurred.
cross-examination
noun [C or U]
Under cross-examination the ​witnessadmitted that she had been lying.
(Definition of cross-examine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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