- To cross-examine is to question a witness for the opposite side in a court trial or someone who might have adverse interests to yours.
When you are a defendant and ask repeated questions in court of a person testifying against you, this is an example of a situation where you cross-examine.
transitive verbcross-ex·am·ined, cross-ex·am·in·ing, cross-ex·am·ines
- Law To question (a witness already questioned by the opposing side) regarding matters brought out during foregoing direct examination.
- To question (a person) closely, especially with regard to answers or information given previously.
(third-person singular simple present cross-examines, present participle cross-examining, simple past and past participle cross-examined)