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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
hedge /hɛdʒ/USA pronunciation
n., v., hedged, hedg•ing. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- Botanya row of bushes or small trees forming a fence or boundary.
- an act or means of protecting oneself against unexpected occurrences:bought gold as a hedge against inflation.
- a statement that does not commit the speaker too deeply or does not answer a question directly.
hedg•er, n. [countable]
- to enclose with or separate by a hedge[~ + object]They hedged their garden.
- to confine or restrict as if with a hedge[~ + object]felt hedged in by all the rules.
- to protect or lessen the bad effects of a possible loss by favoring or supporting more than one side[~ + object]hedged his investments by buying many different stocks.
- [no object] to refuse to answer a question directly.
(hej), n., v., hedged, hedg•ing.
- Botanya row of bushes or small trees planted close together, esp. when forming a fence or boundary;
hedgerow:small fields separated by hedges.
- any barrier or boundary:a hedge of stones.
- an act or means of preventing complete loss of a bet, an argument, an investment, or the like, with a partially counterbalancing or qualifying one.
- to enclose with or separate by a hedge:to hedge a garden.
- to surround and confine as if with a hedge; restrict (often fol. by in, about, etc.):He felt hedged in by the rules of language.
- to protect with qualifications that allow for unstated contingencies or for withdrawal from commitment:He hedged his program against attack and then presented it to the board.
- to mitigate a possible loss by counterbalancing (one's bets, investments, etc.).
- to prevent or hinder free movement; obstruct:to be hedged by poverty.
- to avoid a rigid commitment by qualifying or modifying a position so as to permit withdrawal:He felt that he was speaking too boldly and began to hedge before they could contradict him.
- to prevent complete loss of a bet by betting an additional amount or amounts against the original bet.
- Business[Finance.]to enter transactions that will protect against loss through a compensatory price movement.
9 . evade, stall, delay, temporize, waffle.
Middle English, Old English hegge;
cognate with Dutch heg, German Hecke hedge, Old Norse heggr bird cherry
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
hedge /hɛdʒ/ n
- a row of shrubs, bushes, or trees forming a boundary to a field, garden, etc
- a barrier or protection against something
- the act or a method of reducing the risk of financial loss on an investment, bet, etc
- a cautious or evasive statement
- (modifier; often in combination) low, inferior, or illiterate: a hedge lawyer
Etymology: Old English hecg; related to Old High German heckia, Middle Dutch hegge; see haw1ˈhedger n ˈhedging n ˈhedgy adj
- (transitive) to enclose or separate with or as if with a hedge
- (intransitive) to make or maintain a hedge, as by cutting and laying
- (tr; often followed by in, about, or around) to hinder, obstruct, or restrict
- (intransitive) to evade decision or action, esp by making noncommittal statements
- (transitive) to guard against the risk of loss in (a bet, the paying out of a win, etc), esp by laying bets with other bookmakers
- (intransitive) to protect against financial loss through future price fluctuations, as by investing in futures