cross-examine [krôs′ig zam′in]
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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.
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, intransitive verb cross-examined, cross-examining
- to question closely
- Law to question (a witness produced by the opposing side) as in order to challenge the truthfulness of previous testimony
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, cross-ex·am·ines verb, transitive
- To question (a person) closely, especially with regard to answers or information given previously.
- Law To question (a witness already examined by the opposing side).
To question a person closely.
- crossˌ-ex·amˌi·naˈtion noun