Definition of “cross” - English Dictionary

“cross” in British English

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cross verb (GO ACROSS)

A2 [ I or T ] to go across from one side of something to the other:

It's not a good place to cross the road.
Look both ways before you cross over (= cross the road).
Cross the bridge and turn right.
They crossed from Albania into Greece.
cross sb's mind

B2 If something crosses your mind, you think of it:

It crossed my mind yesterday that you must be short of staff.
It never once crossed my mind that she might be unhappy.

More examples

  • You have to hold my hand when we cross the road.
  • The train crosses the border between France and Spain.
  • With one leap he crossed the stream.
  • We had to cross a large area of arid, featureless desert.
  • Leave the main road and cross the bridge, and keep going until you see a gate on the left-hand side.

cross verb (MAKE SIGN)

UK specialized finance & economics to draw two lines across the middle of a cheque to show that it needs to be paid into a bank account:

a crossed cheque
cross yourself specialized

When Catholics and some other types of Christians cross themselves, they move their hand down and then across their face or chest, making the shape of a cross.

crossnoun [ C ]

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cross noun [ C ] (MARK)

A1 UK a written mark (x or +) formed by two lines going across each other. The mark x is usually used to show where something is, or that something has not been written correctly.


  • Put a cross next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for.
  • There was a big red cross on the side of the van.
  • On the altar there was only a simple wooden cross.
  • You can see the cross on the top of the church steeple from a long way away.
  • I got all the answers wrong - look, the teacher put a cross against all of them!

cross noun [ C ] (OBJECT)

B1 an object made of one long upright piece of wood, with a smaller piece across it near the top. In the past, people were tied or fastened with nails to crosses as a punishment and left hanging on them until they died.

B1 an object in the shape of a cross that people were killed on, used as a symbol of Christianity:

Christ died on the Cross.
She wears a gold cross around her neck.
The priest made the sign of the cross (= moved his or her hand down and then across the chest) over the dead bodies.

a medal in the shape of a cross:

In Britain, the Victoria Cross is awarded for acts of great bravery during wartime.


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(Definition of “cross” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“cross” in Business English

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crossverb [ T ]

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UK BANKING if you cross a cheque, you draw two lines across the middle of it to show that it must be paid into a bank account:

a crossed cheque

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

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