Definitions for acrossəˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•crossəˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒs(prep.)

  1. from one side to the other of:

    a bridge across a river.

  2. on or to the other side of; beyond:

    across the sea.

  3. into contact with; into the presence of, usu. by accident:

    to come across an old friend.

  4. crosswise of or transversely to the length of something; athwart.

  5. (adv.)from one side to another.

  6. on the other side:

    We'll soon be across.

  7. crosswise; transversely.

  8. so as to be understood or learned:

    to get one's idea across.

  9. into a desired or successful state.

Origin of across:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. across(adverb)

    to the opposite side

    "the football field was 300 feet across"

  2. across, crosswise, crossways(adverb)


    "the marble slabs were cut across"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. across(preposition)əˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒs

    from one side to the other

    to walk across the street; The group is traveling across the country.

  2. acrossəˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒs

    on the opposite side

    a store right across the street; America is across the Atlantic from Europe.

  3. acrossəˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒs

    in all parts of

    severe storms across the country

  4. acrossəˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒs

    involving or including all parts or people in a group

    We're cutting the budget across the board.

  5. across(adverb)əˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒs

    from one side to the other

    It looks slippery. I'm not sure if we can walk across.; The room measured about 20 feet across.

  6. acrossəˈkrɔs, əˈkrɒs

    on the opposite side from

    sitting across from me on the bus


  1. across(Noun)

    A clue whose solution runs horizontally in the grid.

    I solved all of the acrosses, but then got stuck on 3 down.

  2. across(Adverb)

    From one side to the other.

  3. across(Adverb)

    On the other side.

    If we sail off at noon, when will we be across?.

  4. across(Adverb)

    In a particular direction.

    He leaned across for a book.

  5. across(Adverb)


    I got stuck on 4 across.

  6. across(Preposition)

    To, toward or from the far side of (something that lies between two points of interest).

  7. across(Preposition)

    On the opposite side of (something that lies between two points of interest).

    That store is across the street.

  8. across(Preposition)

    On the opposite side, relative to something that lies between, from (a point of interest).

  9. across(Preposition)

    From one side to the other within (a space being traversed).

  10. across(Preposition)

    At or near the far end of (a space).

  11. across(Preposition)


    This poetry speaks across the centuries.

  12. across(Preposition)


    All across the country, voters were communicating their representatives.

  13. across(Preposition)

    So as to intersect or pass through or over at an angle.

  14. Origin: from a-croiz, from an + croiz, from crux

Webster Dictionary

  1. Across(noun)

    from side to side; athwart; crosswise, or in a direction opposed to the length; quite over; as, a bridge laid across a river

  2. Across(adverb)

    from side to side; crosswise; as, with arms folded across

  3. Across(adverb)

    obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'across' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #428

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'across' in Written Corpus Frequency: #507

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'across' in Adverbs Frequency: #226

Translations for across

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to the other side (of); from one side to the other side of

He took her across the road.

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