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American English: /krɔs/
British English: /krɒs/

Translation of cross in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (Religion) to make the sign of the cross
    hacer la señal de la cruz
    (cross oneself) persignarse
    hacerse la señal de la cruz
    papal/Latin/Greek cross
    cruz papal/latina/griega
    to bear one's cross
    cargar con or llevar su ( or mi etc. ) cruz
    we all have our cross to bear
    todos cargamos con or llevamos nuestra cruz
    Example sentences
    • The foundation of the Church is always the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.
    • This was an expression of all the sins of the world put into one cup and poured out on Christ while He was on the Cross.
    • Your old sinful life was put to death on the Cross with Jesus, and buried with him in the grave.
    Example sentences
    • One way she does this is by stripping down, multiplying, and opening up the central symbol of Christianity, the cross.
    • Noting my covetousness, a native woman lifted her cross off her neck and placed it around mine.
    • A bible hung from his belt, and he wore a cross around his neck.
    1.2 (mark, sign) to make a cross
    hacer una cruz
    Example sentences
    • Watch any low budget pre-election television show, lay back and listen while the terminally dumb mumble their excuses for not being able to put a cross on a piece of paper and pop it into a battered tin box.
    • Initially voters were required to mark as many crosses as there were vacancies and the candidates with greatest support, usually from the same party, were elected.
    • With the pointed end of a potato peeler or a small, sharp knife, cut out the core of the tomatoes and lightly mark a cross on their undersides.
    Example sentences
    • Use a green tick if the best option was chosen, a yellow tick for a partially correct answer, and a red cross for a totally wrong answer.
    • Put a cross against the wrong answer.
    • And there's ticks and crosses to indicate everyone's preferences.
    1.3 (medal) the Iron Cross
    la Cruz de Hierro
  • 2 (Biology) (hybrid) a cross between anger and disbelief
    una mezcla de ira e incredulidad
    Example sentences
    • The first step is to make a cross between two parent plants.
    • Grandifloras are a cross between hybrid teas and floribundas.
    • Most hybrid striped bass that consumers purchase are a cross between female white bass and male striped bass.
    Example sentences
    • He was an imposing figure, a cross between Humpty Dumpty and a brigadier, who had rowed hard in his youth.
    • It's a cross between rap and line dancing if you can categorise it at all.
    • Weblogs, or blogs for short, are a cross between a diary, a web site, and an online community.
  • 3 (Sport) 3.1 (in soccer)
    pase (masculine) cruzado
    Example sentences
    • He creates so many goals for others with his precision crosses and his sweeping through balls.
    • His limp cross was kicked towards the Leeds goal by Ian Harte and only a smart save by Nigel Martyn kept things equal.
    • The former Rochdale man delivered a pin-point low cross for top-scorer Foster to turn home from close range.
    3.2 (in boxing) right/left cross
    cruzado or cross de derecha/izquierda
    Example sentences
    • Jason kneed him in the stomach before following the blow with a right cross to his mouth.
    • Faster than I could recover, he whipped his massive fist into a right cross that took me in the jaw.
    • The messages from Moore's brain to the rest of his body were immediately scrambled by the perfectly timed right cross, and Moore fell down to the canvas in a heap.
  • 4 (Clothing)cut on the cross
    cortado al bies or al sesgo

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (go across)
    it crossed my/her/his mind that …
    se me/le ocurrió que …
    me/le pasó por la cabeza que …
    Example sentences
    • It was also hazardous for pedestrians to cross Cemetery Road, and she suggested traffic lights and a pelican crossing were needed.
    • Determined, she waited for a clear road before crossing the busiest stretch in the city to the other side.
    • Residents were also concerned that it would mean children having to cross New Road Side - even though the council has said a pedestrian crossing would be installed.
    Example sentences
    • The row erupted among a group of about 10 men - at least two of whom had crossed the nearby Border from the south.
    • Tens of thousands of mobile phone customers are believed to be caught in the trap of incurring international charges every time they cross the Border for work and leisure.
    • But persuading our English neighbours to cross the Border is a bigger problem than anyone thought.
    1.2 (lie across)
    Example sentences
    • Setting the tray down in the middle of the rug, David sat, crossing his legs.
    • I crossed my room and flicked on my stereo, turning it up as loud as it could then I sat on my bed with my legs crossed underneath me.
    • In addition, he showed how to decode body language: crossing one's legs when sitting was a sign of uneasiness, while standing with one's legs wide apart was the hallmark of a braggart.
  • 2 (put crosswise)
    to cross one's eyes
    ponerse bizco
    hacer bizco (Mexico)
    poner los ojos bizcos
    we have a crossed line (Telecommunications)
    se han cruzado las líneas
    to have one's lines or wires crossed [colloquial]those two seem to have their lines crossed
    parece que esos dos no hablan el mismo idioma
    I think maybe we've got our wires crossed
    me parece que no hablamos de lo mismo
    Example sentences
    • Noticing this, he squeezed in as close as possible to the vehicle he was passing and we crossed with no more than a couple of feet to spare.
    • There were two tubes crossing in different directions.
    • Our paths never crossed again after playgroup anyway.
  • 3 (put line through) to cross the t
    ponerle el palito a la t
  • 4 (British) (Finance) crossed cheque
    Example sentences
    • Extreme caution is needed where cheques are crossed and marked account payee only.
    • Subcontractors are also advised to pay workers by auto pay or crossed cheques.
    • This means that it is at the risk of the bank to accept a crossed cheque into someone else's account when it is written in favour of somebody else, which means that banks don't generally accept them.
  • 5 (crossbreed)
    to cross something with something
    cruzar algo con algo
    Example sentences
    • Arabian stallions were crossed with a few English mares at the end of the 17th and start of the 18th centuries to produce the thoroughbred.
    • Merino ewes, grown for their wool, are crossed with a meat breed, such as a border Leicester ram, to produce so-called first-cross meat sheep.
    • The South American bee was crossed with the African bee, the idea being to create a more ‘resistant’ bee, a hardy all-weather insect.
  • 6 (go against)
    she doesn't like to be crossed
    no le gusta que la contraríen
    to be crossed in love [literary]
    ser desventurado en amores [literary]
    Example sentences
    • So then, you've got PMS, and you're on the warpath, and you know that anyone who dares to cross you in any way, gets it!
    • Lately, he's taken to assailing university officials who dare to cross him on this explosive issue.
    • After suing anyone who dared to cross him, Douglas was finally imprisoned himself for libeling Winston Churchill.
  • 7 (Sport)
    tirar cruzado
    Example sentences
    • His ability to cross the ball and pass it over very long distances absolutely astonishes people.
    • Frank Foley went on a run from centre back, crossed the ball into the square for Thomas Doyle to equalise.
    • Germany attack down the left, the ball is crossed and Lukas Podolski tries a volley from inside the D of the Italy penalty area.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (walk across road) to cross over (the road) before crossing look both ways
    antes de cruzar mire en ambos sentidos
    shall we cross over?
  • 2 (intersect)
  • 3 (pass one another)
    Example sentences
    • It would appear that our letters crossed and I therefore repeated this request on 15th May.
    • A letter from Alstom also of 18 June probably crossed with that letter.
    • Maybe the letters crossed over in the post.

reflexive verb

  • to cross oneself
    hacerse la señal de la cruz

adjective crosser, crossest

  • (esp British)
    enojado (esp Latin America)
    enfadado (esp Spain)
    they've been married 50 years and never a cross word!
    llevan casados 50 años y nunca se han levantado la voz
    to get cross
    enojarse (esp Latin America)
    enfadarse (esp Spain)
    it makes me cross
    me da rabia
    I'm so cross with myself for forgetting
    estoy furiosa conmigo misma por haberme olvidado
    to be cross about something
    estar enojado por algo
    estar enfadado por algo (esp Spain)
    Example sentences
    • Now I think I was more cross with my mum than I was with my dad for not being there - I was definitely Daddy's little girl.
    • Yes, you might be able to tell, I am feeling quite cross with the world at large.
    • I remember being terribly cross with him, but he got away with a great deal because of his personal charm.

Phrasal verbs

cross off

v + o + adv, v + adv + o, v + o + prep + o
she crossed it off the list
lo tachó de la lista

cross out

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
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