Meaning of cross-examine

cross-ex•am•ine

Pronunciation: (krôs'ig-zam'in, kros'-), [key]
— -ined, -in•ing.
  1. to examine by questions intended to check a previous examination; examine closely or minutely.
  2. to examine (a witness called by the opposing side), as for the purpose of discrediting the witness's testimony. Cf. direct-examine.
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