[uh-kraws, uh-kros]




being in a crossed or transverse position; crosswise: an across pattern of supporting beams.

Origin of across

First recorded in 1470–80; a-1 + cross Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for across



from one side to the other side of
on or at the other side of
so as to transcend boundaries or barrierspeople united across borders by religion and history; the study of linguistics across cultures
fully informed about; dealing withwe are across this problem


from one side to the other
on or to the other side

Word Origin for across

C13: on croice, acros, from Old French a croix crosswise
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for across

early 14c., acros, earlier a-croiz (c.1300), from Anglo-French an cros "in a crossed position," literally "on cross" (see cross (n.)). Prepositional meaning "from one side to another" is first recorded 1590s; meaning "on the other side (as a result of crossing)" is from 1750. Phrase across the board originally is from horse-racing, in reference to a bet of the same amount of money on a horse to win, place, or show.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with across


In addition to the idiom beginning with across

  • across the board

also see:

  • come across
  • cut across
  • get across
  • put across
  • run across
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