From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcrosscross1 /krɒs $ krɒːs/ ●●● S2 W2 verb 1 go from one side to another [intransitive, transitive]CROSS to go or stretch from one side of something such as a road, river, room etc to the othercross 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.see thesaurus at travel2 cross a line etc [transitive]CROSS 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 [intransitive, transitive]CROSS 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.4 legs/arms/ankles [transitive]HBH 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 somebody’s mind6 cross somebody’s face7 cross your fingers8 breed of plant/animal [transitive]HBMIX to mix two or more different breeds of animal or plant to form a new breedcrossbreed a flower produced by crossing several different varietiescross something with something These cattle were crossed with a breed from the highlands. 9 somebody’s paths cross10 cross that bridge when you come to it11 cross my heart (and hope to die)12 make somebody angry [transitive]ANNOY to make someone angry by opposing their plans or orders He hated anyone who crossed him.13 sport [intransitive, transitive]DS to kick, throw, or hit the ball across the playing area in a sport such as football, hockey etc14 cheque [transitive] British EnglishBFB 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 it15 letters [intransitive] if two letters about the same subject cross in the post, each was sent before the other was received16 cross swords (with somebody)17 cross yourself18 cross somebody’s palm with silver dot the i’s and cross the t’s at dot2(4), → cross the Rubicon at Rubicon cross something ↔ off cross something ↔ out cross over→ See Verb table
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crossThere's a post office where Oakland Road crosses 32nd Street.I wouldn't cross her if I were you.Doris sat down and crossed her legs.Before you cross, make sure there are no other cars coming.They also began to cross over from the rhythm-and-blues audience to the mainstream pop audience.They cross roads diagonally, walk in front of parked cars and forget to look in more than one direction at junctions.They crossed the Atlantic in a convoy of fifty ships.This is the point where Washington's army crossed the Delaware River.Johnson crossed the finish line in first place.He plans to cross the Himalayas on foot.Military traffic has been crossing the new pontoon bridge since Dec. 31 at a rate up to 400 vehicles each day.How are we going to cross the river?It took a lot of courage to cross the Rocky Mountains in those days.But our correction had put us on course and we crossed the shoreline at Alexandria.Antonia went to cross the street to buy us some sodas.Look both ways before crossing the street.I had to reverse, climb up to retrieve the runner and cross the wall for a third time.As you accomplish tasks, cross them off your list.What crosses this border is information, in the form of chemicals.She had crossed this road before, deftly robbing Peter to slip a rubber cheque into Paul's back pocket.Some species of plants can be crossed very easily.cross (over) the road/street/river etcThe following day Arista ordered General Torrejon with 1,600 cavalry to cross the river.Dennison crossed the road and disappeared again.Marcelle entered his room seconds after she saw him cross the street from her window.We crossed the street, I felt sick.When I was hit by a drunk driver in 1980, crossing the road in Los Angeles.She crossed the street to get it.
crosscross2 ●●● S3 W3 noun [countable] 1 mixture of things a mixture of two things, breeds, or qualitiescross between The tour manager’s role is a cross between hostess and courier. Their dog is a cross between two well-known breeds.2 mark on paper especially British English a) SIGN/INDICATIONa 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) SECORRECTa 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) SIGN YOUR NAMEa mark (x or +) used by someone who cannot write, in order to sign their name3 Christian sign a) SCC the cross the cross that Jesus Christ died on Christians believe that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. b) CFRRCan 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.4 punishment 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 punishment5 military awardPGO 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) DSa kick or hit of the ball in a sport such as football, hockey etc, that goes across the field b) DSOa 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 at sign1(10)
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crossAfter 83 minutes Burchill swung in a cross from the left.Christians believe that Jesus died on a cross for our sins.I've put a cross on the map to mark where our house is.Yet both were the first in either family to sign the marriage register with more than a cross.We have a lovely 14.3 Connemara cross thoroughbred mare on loan.Hundreds of copper crosses, used as money by the miners, are buried beneath the violet blooms.Pauline wore a tiny gold cross around her neck.Jones was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.Inside the church, the earliest feature is an Anglo-Saxon carved stone cross head which was found in the churchyard in 1934.David Batty sent over a teasing cross and from beyond the far post Platt got in a powerful header.The cross appeared to me...The two crosses at either end of the roof gave her a brief moment of hope.cross betweenMy dog is a cross between a whippet and a retriever.put ... crossFor some items it might be difficult to decide whether to use approval or put a cross against an item.From our list we would choose to put a cross against sugar, chocolate, biscuits, sponge cake, and mints. right crossI would really have to deliver a right cross.She threw a right cross that nearly knocked me over the railing.He pounded Benichou to the body and caught him with a right cross to the chin at the end of the first.Jab-jab, left hook, my opening left hands moving him to the right, to meet my right cross.She also had a sincere right cross.The right cross is the payoff punch of the entire science.have ... crosses to bearWe all have our crosses to bear.
crosscross3 ●●● S2 adjective [usually before noun] especially British English ANGRYangry or annoyedget/be cross (with somebody) 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.see thesaurus at angrycrossly adverb
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crossShe was cross at the way he had treated her as though she weren't a normal girl - some kind of freak.How hot she was, caught in these cross beams!This monoclonal antibody shows no cross reactivity with transforming growth factor alpha.Good lecturers will often make cross references to earlier lectures.It had a ten-inch blade that was triangular in cross section.Mum will be cross when she finds out about the broken vase.I'm sorry I was cross with you.get/be cross (with somebody)Then we were crossing a rutted rock pavement, a trig point incongruously ahead.He is cross at having to come here when his time with Enid is so short.A line which would never be crossed could be drawn down the center of the market.In our cross-cultural world the language wires get crossed ever more frequently.Her legs were crossed so that her knees were exposed.Once the line between the conventional primary source and the secondary study is crossed, the flood is even worse.Did you see the truck that was crossing the river and crashed through the ice?It is not uncommon to hear of old women who are cross when asked to perform domestic tasks in residential care!
cross-cross- /krɒs $ krɒːs/ prefix 1 CROSSgoing from one side to the other a cross-Channel ferry (=sailing from Britain to France)2 CONNECTED WITHgoing between two things and joining them cross-cultural influences
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cross-cross-country skiing
From King Business Dictionarycrosscross /krɒskrɒːs/ verb [transitive] cross a cheque British EnglishBANKING to draw two lines and write the words ‘account payee’ on a cheque, showing that it can only be paid into a bank account of the person named on the cheque, and not exchanged for cash or paid into a different accountSYNENDORSE→ See Verb tableOrigin cross2 (900-1000) Old Norse kross, from an unrecorded Old Irish cross, from Latin crux