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[kraws-ig-zam-in, kros-] /ˈkrɔs ɪgˈzæm ɪn, ˈkrɒs-/
verb (used with object), cross-examined, cross-examining.
to examine by questions intended to check a previous examination; examine closely or minutely.
Law. to examine (a witness called by the opposing side), as for the purpose of discrediting the witness's testimony.
Compare direct-examine.
Origin of cross-examine
First recorded in 1655-65
Related forms
cross-examination, noun
cross-examiner, noun
uncross-examined, adjective Unabridged
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  • Now if you are one of my sort, I should like to cross-examine you, but if not I will let you alone.

    Gorgias Plato
  • Age is an ugly subject; she'd better not cross-examine her witnesses there.

    Luttrell Of Arran Charles James Lever
  • Warren declined to cross-examine Donnally, and he was excused.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • Warren refused to cross-examine the surgeon, and he was excused.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
  • And he proceeded to cross-examine Mwres on the entire affair.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • He's plotting with Germans, or why did Grimm spy on us, and von Brning cross-examine us?

    The Riddle of the Sands Erskine Childers
  • He brightened up a little when Russell rose to cross-examine him.

    Eric, or Little by Little Frederic W. Farrar
  • He was very anxious to cross-examine him on some testimony he had given previously.

  • As to my pupils, I could not examine and cross-examine every boy.

    Glyn Severn's Schooldays George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for cross-examine


verb (transitive)
(law) to examine (a witness for the opposing side), as in attempting to discredit his testimony Compare examine-in-chief
to examine closely or relentlessly
Derived Forms
cross-examination, noun
cross-examiner, noun
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