across [əˈkrɒs]
► When across is an element in a phrasal verb, eg come across, run across, look up the verb.
1. preposition
   a. ( = from one side to the other of) a bridge across the river un pont sur le fleuve
• to walk across the road traverser la rue
► across the board
• they cut salaries across the board ils ont réduit les salaires à tous les niveaux
• prices fell across the board les prix ont chuté partout
   b. ( = on the other side of) de l'autre côté de
• he lives across the street (from me) il habite en face (de chez moi)
• the shop across the road le magasin d'en face
• from across the Channel de l'autre côté de la Manche
   c. ( = crosswise over) à travers
• to go across country prendre à travers champs
• with his arms folded across his chest les bras croisés sur la poitrine
2. adverb
( = from one side to the other) the river is 5km across le fleuve fait 5 km de large
• the plate is 30cm across l'assiette fait 30 cm de diamètre
• to help sb across aider qn à traverser
• across from en face de
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Note: across frequently occurs as the second element in certain verb combinations (come across, run across, lean across etc). For translations, look at the appropriate verb entry (come, run, lean etc)
[ə'krɒs] 1.
1) (from one side to the other)

to go ou travel across something — traverser quelque chose

to travel across country — traverser la campagne; (in car) prendre les petites routes

a journey across the desert — un voyage à travers le désert

the bridge across the river — le pont qui traverse la rivière

to be lying across the bed — être couché en travers du lit

she leaned across the table — elle s'est penchée au-dessus de la table

the scar across his face — la cicatrice sur sa figure

2) (to, on the other side of) de l'autre côté de

across the street/desk (from me) — de l'autre côté de la rue/du bureau

to look across the lake — regarder de l'autre côté du lac

3) (all over, covering a wide range of)

across the world — partout dans le monde, à travers le monde

across the country — dans tout le pays

scattered across the floor — éparpillés sur le sol


to be two miles across — faire deux miles de large

to help somebody across — aider quelqu'un à traverser

to go across to somebody — aller vers quelqu'un

to look across at somebody — regarder vers quelqu'un

across from prepositional phrase en face de

English-French dictionary. 2013.

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