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verb cross pronunciation in British English /krɒs/
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present tense
present participlecrossing
past tensecrossed
past participlecrossed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to go from one side of something such as a road or river to the other
    She wanted to be sure the children had crossed the road safely.
    Wait until there is no traffic and it’s safe to cross.
    1. a.
      to go from one side of something such as a room or enclosed area to the other
      A tall woman was crossing the office towards me.
      cross to: He crossed to the window and closed the curtains.
    2. b.
      to go from one side of a border or line that separates places to the other
      It was dark when we crossed the French border.
      cross into: Refugees had been crossing into Albania all day.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] if things such as roads or lines cross, they go across each other
    Meet me at the point where the two paths cross.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to go across something
      An old Roman road crosses the modern street at right angles.
  3. 3
    [transitive] biology to combine one breed of animal with another, or to mix one type of plant with another, in order to produce an animal or plant that is genetically different from both parents
    cross something with something: a domestic dog crossed with a wolf
  4. 6
    [transitive] to oppose someone, or to disagree with them
    No one ever dared cross him.



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