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.ɪɡˈzæm.ɪn/ also cross-question

to ask detailed questions 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.ɪɡˌzæm.əˈneɪ.ʃən/

Under cross-examination, the witness admitted her evidence had been mostly lies.
cross-examiner
noun [ C ] uk /ˌkrɒs.ɪɡˈzæm.ɪ.nər/ us /ˌkrɑːs.ɪɡˈzæm.ə.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 ask detailed questions 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)

"cross-examine" in Business English

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cross-examineverb [ T ]

uk /ˌkrɒsɪɡˈzæmɪn/ us LAW

to ask someone detailed questions, especially in a law court, 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

Under cross-examination the witness admitted that she had been lying.

(Definition of “cross-examine” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)