cross-examine ˌcross-exˈamine verb [transitive] LAW
to question a witness very carefully during a court case, especially in order to show that they are not telling the truth:

• You will get a chance to cross-examine the witness when she has finished giving her evidence.

— cross-examination noun [uncountable] :

• He conceded under cross-examination that he did know about the letter.

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cross-examine UK US /ˌkrɒsɪgˈzæmɪn/ verb [T] LAW
to ask someone detailed questions, especially in a law court, in order to discover if what they said earlier was true: »

Expert witnesses were cross-examined on their statements about how the accident had occurred.

cross-examination noun [C or U]

Under cross-examination the witness admitted that she had been lying.

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  • Cross-examine — Cross ex*am ine ( ?m ?n), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Cross examined} ( ?nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Cross examining}.] (Law) To examine or question, as a witness who has been called and examined by the opposite party. The opportunity to cross examine the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • cross-examine — ► VERB ▪ question (a witness called by the other party) in a court of law to check or extend testimony already given. DERIVATIVES cross examination noun …   English terms dictionary

  • cross-examine — UK / US verb [transitive] Word forms cross examine : present tense I/you/we/they cross examine he/she/it cross examines present participle cross examining past tense cross examined past participle cross examined legal a) to ask a witness… …   English dictionary

  • cross-examine — verb Cross examine is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑counsel Cross examine is used with these nouns as the object: ↑witness …   Collocations dictionary

  • cross-examine — v. to cross examine sharply * * * [ˌkrɒsɪg zæmɪn] to cross examine sharply …   Combinatory dictionary

  • cross-examine — cross examination, n. cross examiner, n. /kraws ig zam in, kros /, v.t., cross examined, cross examining. 1. to examine by questions intended to check a previous examination; examine closely or minutely. 2. Law. to examine (a witness called by… …   Universalium

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