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cross

verb
 
 
/krɒs/
FROM ONE SIDE TO ANOTHER [I, T] A2 to go from one side of something to the other side: It's not a good place to cross the road.Crossing and moving through
LINE/BORDER [I, T] A2 to travel over a border or line into a different area, country, etc: They crossed from Albania into Greece.Crossing and moving through
MEET AND GO ACROSS [I, T] If two lines, roads, etc cross, they go over or across each other.Describing angles, lines and orientations
cross your arms/fingers/legs to put one of your arms, fingers, or legs over the top of the otherGestures with the hands or arms
cross yourself to touch your head, chest, and both shoulders as a sign to GodReligious practices
ANIMAL/PLANT [T] to mix two breeds of animal or plant to produce a new breedBreeds and breedingAnimal reproduction
MAKE SOMEONE ANGRY [T] to make someone angry by refusing to do what they want you to do →  See also I'll/We'll cross that bridge when I/we come to it. , criss-cross , double-cross , keep your fingers crossed , cross your mind Causing feelings of anger and displeasure
(Definition of cross verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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