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cross-ex·am·ine

(krôs′ĭg-zăm′ĭn, krŏs′-)
tr.v. cross-ex·am·ined, cross-ex·am·in·ing, cross-ex·am·ines
1. Law To question (a witness already questioned by the opposing side) regarding matters brought out during foregoing direct examination.
2. To question (a person) closely, especially with regard to answers or information given previously.

cross′-ex·am′i·na′tion n.
cross′-ex·am′in·er n.

cross-examine

vb (tr)
1. (Law) law to examine (a witness for the opposing side), as in attempting to discredit his testimony. Compare examine-in-chief
2. to examine closely or relentlessly
ˈcross-exˌamiˈnation n
ˌcross-exˈaminer n

cross′-exam′ine



v.t. -ined, -in•ing.
1. to examine (a witness called and examined by the opposing side), for the purpose of checking, clarifying, or discrediting that witness's testimony.
2. to question closely.
[1660–70]
cross′-exam′iner, n.

cross-examine


Past participle: cross-examined
Gerund: cross-examining

Imperative
cross-examine
cross-examine
Present
I cross-examine
you cross-examine
he/she/it cross-examines
we cross-examine
you cross-examine
they cross-examine
Preterite
I cross-examined
you cross-examined
he/she/it cross-examined
we cross-examined
you cross-examined
they cross-examined
Present Continuous
I am cross-examining
you are cross-examining
he/she/it is cross-examining
we are cross-examining
you are cross-examining
they are cross-examining
Present Perfect
I have cross-examined
you have cross-examined
he/she/it has cross-examined
we have cross-examined
you have cross-examined
they have cross-examined
Past Continuous
I was cross-examining
you were cross-examining
he/she/it was cross-examining
we were cross-examining
you were cross-examining
they were cross-examining
Past Perfect
I had cross-examined
you had cross-examined
he/she/it had cross-examined
we had cross-examined
you had cross-examined
they had cross-examined
Future
I will cross-examine
you will cross-examine
he/she/it will cross-examine
we will cross-examine
you will cross-examine
they will cross-examine
Future Perfect
I will have cross-examined
you will have cross-examined
he/she/it will have cross-examined
we will have cross-examined
you will have cross-examined
they will have cross-examined
Future Continuous
I will be cross-examining
you will be cross-examining
he/she/it will be cross-examining
we will be cross-examining
you will be cross-examining
they will be cross-examining
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cross-examining
you have been cross-examining
he/she/it has been cross-examining
we have been cross-examining
you have been cross-examining
they have been cross-examining
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cross-examining
you will have been cross-examining
he/she/it will have been cross-examining
we will have been cross-examining
you will have been cross-examining
they will have been cross-examining
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cross-examining
you had been cross-examining
he/she/it had been cross-examining
we had been cross-examining
you had been cross-examining
they had been cross-examining
Conditional
I would cross-examine
you would cross-examine
he/she/it would cross-examine
we would cross-examine
you would cross-examine
they would cross-examine
Past Conditional
I would have cross-examined
you would have cross-examined
he/she/it would have cross-examined
we would have cross-examined
you would have cross-examined
they would have cross-examined
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:

cross-examine

verb question, grill (informal), quiz, interrogate, catechize, pump The accused's lawyers will get a chance to cross-examine him.

cross-examine

verb
To question thoroughly and relentlessly to verify facts:
Informal: grill.
Idiom: give someone the third degree.
Translations

cross-examine

[ˈkrɒsɪgˈzæmɪn] VT (Jur) → repreguntar (fig) → interrogar (severamente)

cross-examine

[ˌkrɒsɪgˈzæmɪn] vt (Law) → interrogare in contraddittorio, controinterrogare

cross2

(kros) plural ˈcrosses noun
1. a symbol formed by two lines placed across each other, eg + or x.
2. two wooden beams placed thus (+), on which Christ was nailed.
3. the symbol of the Christian religion.
4. a lasting cause of suffering etc. Your rheumatism is a cross you will have to bear.
5. the result of breeding two varieties of animal or plant. This dog is a cross between an alsatian and a labrador.
6. a monument in the shape of a cross.
7. any of several types of medal given for bravery etc. the Victoria Cross.
verb
1. to go from one side to the other. Let's cross (the street); This road crosses the swamp.
2. (negative uncross) to place (two things) across each other. He sat down and crossed his legs.
3. to go or be placed across (each other). The roads cross in the centre of town.
4. to meet and pass. Our letters must have crossed in the post.
5. to put a line across. Cross your `t's'.
6. to make (a cheque or postal order) payable only through a bank by drawing two parallel lines across it.
7. to breed (something) from two different varieties. I've crossed two varieties of rose.
8. to go against the wishes of. If you cross me, you'll regret it!
cross-
1. going or placed across. cross-winds; cross-pieces.
2. of mixed variety. a cross-breed.
ˈcrossing noun
1. a place where a road etc may be crossed. a pedestrian-crossing; a level-crossing.
2. a journey over the sea. I was seasick as it was a very rough crossing.
ˈcrossbow noun
a medieval type of bow fixed to a shaft with a mechanism for pulling back and releasing the string.
ˈcross-breed noun
an animal bred from two different breeds.
ˈcross-bred adjective
ˌcrossˈcheck verb
to check information, calculations etc by using different sources or a different method.
noun
the act of crosschecking.
cross-ˈcountry adjective
across fields etc, not on roads. a cross-country run.
ˌcross-country ˈskiing noun
the sport of skiing with narrow skis across the countryside, through woods etc.
ˌcross-exˈamine verb
in a court of law, to test or check the previous evidence of (a witness) by questioning him.
ˈcross-exˌamiˈnation noun
ˌcross-ˈeyed adjective
having a squint.
ˈcross-fire noun
the crossing of lines of gunfire from two or more points.
at cross-purposes
of two or more people, confused about what they are saying or doing because of misunderstanding one another. I think we're talking at cross-purposes.
ˌcross-reˈfer verb
to give a cross-reference (to). In this dictionary went is cross-referred to go.
ˌcross-ˈreference noun
a reference from one part of a book, list etc to another, eg crept see creep.
ˈcrossroads noun singular
a place where two or more roads cross or meet. At the crossroads we'll have to decide which road to take.
ˌcross-ˈsection noun
1. (a drawing etc of) the area or surface made visible by cutting through something, eg an apple.
2. a sample as representative of the whole. He interviewed a cross-section of the audience to get their opinion of the play.
crossword (puzzle)
a square word-puzzle in which the blanks in a pattern of blank and solid checks are to be filled with words reading across and down, the words being found from clues.
cross one's fingers
to place a finger across the one next to it, for good luck.
cross out
to draw a line through. He crossed out all her mistakes.
References in classic literature ?
It was not shaken on cross-examination, and it was plainly unfavorable to the prisoner.
He now rejoiced in the possession of a small weapon with which he could prostrate his com- rade at the first signs of a cross-examination.
But Sir Ernest's cross-examination was yet to come.
Phunky had sat down when Serjeant Snubbin had winked at him, or if Serjeant Buzfuz had stopped this irregular cross-examination at the outset (which he knew better than to do; observing Mr.
Don't you think, monsieur, that this cross-examination has lasted long enough?
Garrow, whose subtle cross-examination of witnesses and masterly, if sometimes startling, methods of arriving at the truth seemed more thrilling to us than any novel.
We dived into the City, and came up in a crowded policecourt, where a blood-relation (in the murderous sense) of the deceased with the fanciful taste in brooches, was standing at the bar, uncomfortably chewing something; while my guardian had a woman under examination or cross-examination - I don't know which - and was striking her, and the bench, and everybody present, with awe.
I'm not saying that if I'd got the right kind of testimony out of their witnesses on cross-examination, that friendship would have decided the case.
A voice directed me to satisfy my hunger and to feed my calot, and while I was thus engaged my invisible host put me through a severe and searching cross-examination.
That odious man, Major Thomson, put me through a regular cross-examination again, and I had to tell him at last--"
Even Sachs might break down in cross-examination, and you
So vast was the excitement that for some weeks the Press really told the truth; and the reports of examination and cross-examination, if interminable, even if intolerable are at least reliable.