cross Definition

  • 1a mark, object, or figure formed by two short intersecting lines or pieces (+ or ×)
  • 2a thing that is made up of two intersecting lines or pieces placed across each other at right angles
  • 3angry or annoyed

Using cross: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "cross" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    Draw a cross on the paper.

  • Example

    The church has a tall cross on its roof.

  • Example

    I'm feeling cross because of the delay.

  • Example

    The two roads cross at the intersection.

  • Example

    She crossed her arms in front of her chest.

cross Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for cross

Idioms Using cross

  • to misunderstand or misinterpret something


    I think we got our wires crossed. I meant next week, not this week.

  • carry one's cross

    to bear one's burdens or responsibilities


    As a single parent, she had to carry her cross and raise her children alone.

  • come to the crossroads

    to reach a point where a decision must be made


    After years of working in the same job, he came to the crossroads and decided to start his own business.

Phrases with cross

  • a promise that one is telling the truth


    I didn't tell anyone about the surprise party, cross my heart.

  • cross someone's mind

    to come into someone's thoughts


    It never crossed my mind that she would quit her job.

  • to behave in an unacceptable way


    He crossed the line when he insulted her family.

Origins of cross

from Old English 'cruc', from Latin 'crux'


Summary: cross in Brief

The term 'cross' [krɒs] refers to a mark or object formed by two intersecting lines, as well as the state of being angry or annoyed. It can also denote the point where two things meet or intersect, as in 'The two roads cross at the intersection.' Phrases like 'cross my heart' signify a promise, while idioms like 'get one's wires crossed' denote a misunderstanding.

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