- 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.
cross-examine definition by Webster's New World
cross-examine definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb cross-ex·am·ined, cross-ex·am·in·ing, 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
- crossˌ-ex·amˈin·er noun