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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
hedge /hɛdʒ/USA pronunciation
n., v., hedged, hedg•ing.
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.
[~ + object] to enclose with or separate by a hedge:They hedged their garden.
[~ + object] to confine or restrict as if with a hedge:felt hedged in by all the rules.
[~ + object] to protect or lessen the bad effects of a possible loss by favoring or supporting more than one side:hedged his investments by buying many different stocks.
[no object] to refuse to answer a question directly.
hedg•er, n. [countable]
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