1 cross /ˈkrɑːs/ noun
plural crosses
1 cross
plural crosses
Learner's definition of CROSS
[count] : a long piece of wood with a shorter piece across it near the top that people were once fastened to and left to die on as a form of punishment
the Cross : the cross on which Jesus Christ died
[count] : an object or image in the shape of a cross that is used as a symbol of Christianity see also sign of the cross
[count] : a decoration in the shape of a cross that is given to someone as an honor especially for military courage
[count] : a mark formed by two lines that cross each other
[count] : a mixture of two different things, types, or qualities
[count] boxing : a punch that goes over an opponent's punch
[count] soccer : a kick or hit of the ball that goes across the field from one side to another or to the middle of the field

cross to bear

: a problem that causes trouble or worry for someone over a long period of time
2 cross /ˈkrɑːs/ verb
crosses; crossed; crossing
2 cross
crosses; crossed; crossing
Learner's definition of CROSS
: to go from one side of (something) to the other : to go across (something)
[+ object]
[no object]
: to go or pass across each other
[no object]
[+ object]
[+ object] : to place one arm, leg, etc., over the other
◊ If you cross your fingers or keep your fingers crossed, you hope that you will be lucky and that something you want to happen will happen.
[+ object] : to draw a line across (something)
see also dot your i's and cross your t's at 2dot
[no object] : to pass in opposite directions
[+ object] : to turn (your eyes) inward toward your nose
[+ object] : to act against the wishes, plans, or orders of (someone)
see also double-cross, star-crossed
[+ object]
: to make two different kinds of animals breed together
often used figuratively to describe someone or something that combines the qualities of two different people or things
: to mix two kinds of plants to form a new one
[no object] soccer : to kick or hit the ball sideways across the field + to

cross my heart

◊ The phrases cross my heart or cross my heart and hope to die are used in informal speech to stress that you are telling the truth and will do what you promise.

cross off

[phrasal verb]
cross (someone or something) off or cross off (someone or something)
: to draw a line through (a name or item on a list)

cross out

[phrasal verb]
cross (something) out or cross out (something)
: to draw a line through (something) to show that it is wrong

cross over

[phrasal verb]
cross over or cross over (something)
: to move or go from one side of (something) to the other
: to change from one type of character or condition to another
see also crossover

cross paths

◊ When people cross paths or when their paths cross, they meet each other at a time that was not planned or expected.

cross someone's face

: to appear briefly on someone's face

cross someone's mind

: to come into someone's mind : to be thought of by someone

cross swords

: to fight or argue often + with

cross that bridge when you come to it

see 1bridge

cross the line

: to go beyond what is proper or acceptable

cross up

[phrasal verb] US
cross (someone) up or cross up (someone) : to make (someone) confused
cross (something) up or cross up (something) : to ruin (something) completely

cross yourself

: to make the sign of the cross on your head and chest

— crosser

noun, plural crossers [count]
3 cross /ˈkrɑːs/ adjective
crosser; crossest
3 cross
crosser; crossest
Learner's definition of CROSS
: annoyed or angry

— crossly