to go or stretch from one side of something such as a road, river, room etc to the other
go from one side to another[intransitive and transitive]
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.
She crossed over to sit beside Dot.
if you cross a line, track etc you go over and beyond it:
cross a line etc[transitive]
He raised his arms in triumph as he crossed the line for his 100-metres win.
if two or more roads, lines, etc cross, or if one crosses another, they go across each other:
two roads/lines etc[intransitive and transitive]
The by-pass crosses Wilton Lane shortly after a roundabout.
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 [usually in negatives]
if you say that an idea, thought etc never crossed your mind, you mean that you did not think of it [= occur to somebody]:
It didn't cross her mind that she might be doing something illegal.
the thought has (never) crossed my mind (=used to tell someone you have thought of the thing they are suggesting, or have never thought of it)
if an expression crosses someone's face, it appears on their face:
A look of surprise crossed her face.
used to say that you hope something will happen in the way you want:
She hung the washing out, then crossed her fingers for a dry day.
The exam's at two. Will you keep your fingers crossed for me?
to mix two or more different breeds of animal or plant to form a new breed [↪ crossbreed]:
breed of plant/animal[transitive]HB
a flower produced by crossing several different varieties
cross something with something
These cattle were crossed with a breed from the highlands.
9 also cross paths
if two people's paths cross, or if they cross paths, they meet, usually without expecting it:
If our paths crossed I usually ignored her.
We didn't cross paths again until 2001.
used to say that you will not think or worry about something until it actually happens
11 spoken informal
used to say that you promise that you will do something, or that what you are saying is true
to make someone angry by opposing their plans or orders:
make somebody angry[transitive]
He hated anyone who crossed him.
to kick, throw, or hit the ball across the playing area in a sport such as football, hockey etc
sport[intransitive and transitive]DS
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 it
cheque[transitive] British EnglishBFB
if two letters about the same subject cross in the post, each was sent before the other was received
to argue with someone:
I've crossed swords with him on a number of issues.
to move your hand across your upper body in the shape of a cross as a sign of the Christian faith
18 especially British English
to give money to someone when you want them to tell your fortune
cross something ↔ offphrasal verb
Whenever I buy something, I cross it off the list.
cross something ↔ outphrasal verb
I crossed out 'Miss' and wrote 'Ms'.
cross overphrasal verb
if an entertainer crosses over from one area of entertainment to another, they become successful in the second one as well as the first ➔ crossover (2)
2MX British English old use