part of speech: noun

definition 1: an upright line or pole with a horizontal one across it.

definition 2: something in the shape of a cross that is used as a symbol for Christianity.

definition 3: a difficulty or burden.

  • Being teased by my brothers was my cross to bear while I was growing up.

synonyms: adversity, affliction, burden, distress, ordeal, sorrow, trial

definition 4: a mixture of two kinds of animals or plants that has characteristics of both parents; hybrid.

  • A mule is a cross between a horse and a donkey.


part of speech: verb

inflections: crosses, crossing, crossed

definition 1: to move across.

  • Let’s cross the street.

synonyms: go across, move across

definition 2: to place in a crossed position.

  • I crossed my arms across my chest.

synonyms: fold

definition 3: to pass across or intersect.

  • The bridge crossed the stream.

synonyms: intersect, meet

definition 4: to mark off or scratch out from a list (usually followed by “out” or “off”).

  • We crossed out the names of the people who were not coming to the party.

synonyms: scratch

definition 5: to work against; oppose.

  • If you cross Miss Chen, she will be very angry.

synonyms: oppose, resist


part of speech: adjective

inflections: crosser, crossest

definition: in a bad mood.

  • He’s very cross today, so don’t bother him.

synonyms: cranky, disagreeable, grouchy

Word Builder: cross +

crosswalk: a part of the road that is marked off for people to cross on foot.
cross-eyed: having both eyes pointing in toward the nose.
crossroad: a road that crosses another road.