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UK [əˈkrɒs] / US [əˈkrɔs] adverb, preposition

Across can be used in the following ways: - as a preposition (followed by a noun): I walked across the road. - as an adverb (without a following noun): Our host hurried across to meet us.
1) from one side to the other
a) moving or looking from one side of a place, space, or line to the other

Over 70 airlines fly across the Atlantic between Europe and North America.

Barbara stared across the room at her husband.

The children ran straight across in front of our car.

b) reaching from one side of a space or surface to the other

Max's body lay across the doorway where he had fallen.

There are four bridges across the River Danube.

He stood in silence with his arms folded across his chest.

c) used for showing the width of something
one mile/two metres etc across:

The channel is less than half a mile across in some places.

2) on the opposite side on the opposite side of a road, river, line etc

There's a bus stop just across the road.

They had opened a new factory across the border in Mexico.

across from:

I'm staying at a little hotel just across from the Libyan Embassy.

3) in a large part of an area or surface
a) in many parts of an area or country

an insurance company that has over 120 offices across Europe

right across (= in every part of an area):

There are 20 million landmines scattered right across the region.

b) used for saying that something hits or affects a large area of a part of your body

Julia felt a burning pain across her forehead.

He struck me a blow across the shoulders.

c) used for saying that something spreads until it covers the whole of an area or surface

There is a danger of the conflict spreading across the whole of Central Africa.

A broad smile spread across the old man's face.

4) including a large range of people or things used for saying that something includes or affects a whole range of people or things

We need to test students' ability across a wide range of subjects.

The figures show that across the economy as a whole there has been steady growth.

English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • across — across, crosswise, crossways, athwart are synonymous when they mean so as to intersect the length of something. Across and athwart may be used as prepositions as well as adverbs but carry the same implications in either part of speech. Across… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Across — A*cross (#; 115), prep. [Pref. a + cross: cf. F. en croix. See Cross, n.] From side to side; athwart; crosswise, or in a direction opposed to the length; quite over; as, a bridge laid across a river. Dryden. [1913 Webster] {To come across}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Across — A*cross , adv. 1. From side to side; crosswise; as, with arms folded across. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Obliquely; athwart; amiss; awry. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The squint eyed Pharisees look across at all the actions of Christ. Bp. Hall. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Across — may refer to: *Across variable *ACROSS, a fictional secret organization which is the subject of the manga and anime series Excel Saga * Action SuperCross (1997), a 2D motorbike simulation game by Balázs Rózsa, prequel to Elasto Mania …   Wikipedia

  • Across — Across, palabra inglesa que significa a través de, puede hacer referencia a: el Proyecto ACROSS, proyecto de I+D+i; o Across the Universe, canción de los Beatles. Esta página de desambiguación cataloga artículos relacionados con el mismo título.… …   Wikipedia Español

  • across — ► PREPOSITION & ADVERB ▪ from one side to the other of (something). ● across the board Cf. ↑across the board ORIGIN from Old French a croix, en croix in or on a cross …   English terms dictionary

  • across — [ə krôs′, ə kräs′] adv. [ME acros < a , on, in + cros, cross, after Anglo Fr an croix] 1. so as to cross; crosswise 2. from one side to the other 3. on or to the other side prep. 1. from one side to the other of, or so as to cross 2. on or to …   English World dictionary

  • across — (adv.) early 14c., acros, earlier a croiz (c.1300), from Anglo French an cros in a crossed position, lit. on cross (see CROSS (Cf. cross) (n.)). Prepositional meaning from one side to another is first recorded 1590s; meaning on the other side (as …   Etymology dictionary

  • across — [prep] traversing a space, side to side athwart, beyond, cross, crossed, crosswise, opposite, over, transversely; concept 581 …   New thesaurus

  • across — [[t]əkrɒ̱s, AM əkrɔ͟ːs[/t]] ♦ (In addition to the uses shown below, across is used in phrasal verbs such as come across , get across , and put across .) 1) PREP If someone or something goes across a place or a boundary, they go from one side of… …   English dictionary

  • across — 1 preposition 1 going, looking etc from one side of a space, area, or line to the other side: flying across the Atlantic | We gazed across the valley. | Would you like me to help you across the road? (=help you to cross it) 2 reaching or… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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