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[kraws-ig-zam-in, kros-] /ˈkrɔs ɪgˈzæm ɪn, ˈkrɒs-/
verb (used with object), cross-examined, cross-examining.
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.
Compare direct-examine.
Origin of cross-examine
Related forms
cross-examination, noun
cross-examiner, noun
uncross-examined, adjective Unabridged
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  • The right to question witnesses testifying against you and cross-examine them as to the truthfulness of their testimony.
  • The parties do not have the right to cross-examine any witness.
  • After each prosecution witness has finished giving testimony on direct, you will have the right to cross-examine the witness.
  • Their lawyer will be able to cross-examine witnesses and present a defence.
  • Either party should be allowed to cross-examine the other's witnesses and introduce rebutting testimony.
  • Prosecutors present witnesses, and defense lawyers cross-examine them.
  • They allow the use of hearsay evidence, which similarly deprives the defendant of an opportunity to cross-examine his accuser.
  • He didn't allow you to cross-examine any of the people involved in those allegations.
  • Each party may cross-examine any witnesses produced by the other.
  • After the prosecution witnesses have finished testifying, you have the right to cross-examine.
British Dictionary definitions for cross-examine


verb (transitive)
(law) to examine (a witness for the opposing side), as in attempting to discredit his testimony Compare examine-in-chief
to examine closely or relentlessly
Derived Forms
cross-examination, noun
cross-examiner, noun
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