- 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.
Origin of cross-examine
First recorded in 1655–65
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Examples from the Web for cross-examine
In the classroom and at work, people speak and write as if a hostile lawyer were about to cross-examine them.An Argument Against Legal Extremism
Eric Posner, Robert Silver
February 17, 2009
Now if you are one of my sort, I should like to cross-examine you, but if not I will let you alone.Gorgias
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.
Warren refused to cross-examine the surgeon, and he was excused.
And he proceeded to cross-examine Mwres on the entire affair.Tales of Space and Time
Herbert George Wells
- law to examine (a witness for the opposing side), as in attempting to discredit his testimonyCompare examine-in-chief
- to examine closely or relentlessly