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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
hedge /hɛdʒ/USA pronunciation   n., v., hedged, hedg•ing. 

n. [countable]
  1. Botanya row of bushes or small trees forming a fence or boundary.
  2. an act or means of protecting oneself against unexpected occurrences:bought gold as a hedge against inflation.
  3. a statement that does not commit the speaker too deeply or does not answer a question directly.

  1. to enclose with or separate by a hedge[+ object]They hedged their garden.
  2. to confine or restrict as if with a hedge[+ object]felt hedged in by all the rules.
  3. 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.
  4. [no object] to refuse to answer a question directly.
hedg•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
hedge  (hej), 
n., v., hedged, hedg•ing. 

  1. Botanya row of bushes or small trees planted close together, esp. when forming a fence or boundary;
    hedgerow:small fields separated by hedges.
  2. any barrier or boundary:a hedge of stones.
  3. 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.

  1. to enclose with or separate by a hedge:to hedge a garden.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. to mitigate a possible loss by counterbalancing (one's bets, investments, etc.).
  5. to prevent or hinder free movement; obstruct:to be hedged by poverty.

  1. 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.
  2. to prevent complete loss of a bet by betting an additional amount or amounts against the original bet.
  3. Business[Finance.]to enter transactions that will protect against loss through a compensatory price movement.
Etymology:bef. 900;
Middle English, Old English hegge;
cognate with Dutch heg, German Hecke hedge, Old Norse heggr bird cherry
hedgeless, adj. 
9 . evade, stall, delay, temporize, waffle.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

hedge /hɛdʒ/ n
  1. a row of shrubs, bushes, or trees forming a boundary to a field, garden, etc
  2. a barrier or protection against something
  3. the act or a method of reducing the risk of financial loss on an investment, bet, etc
  4. a cautious or evasive statement
  5. (modifier; often in combination) low, inferior, or illiterate: a hedge lawyer
  1. (transitive) to enclose or separate with or as if with a hedge
  2. (intransitive) to make or maintain a hedge, as by cutting and laying
  3. (tr; often followed by in, about, or around) to hinder, obstruct, or restrict
  4. (intransitive) to evade decision or action, esp by making noncommittal statements
  5. (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
  6. (intransitive) to protect against financial loss through future price fluctuations, as by investing in futures
Etymology: Old English hecg; related to Old High German heckia, Middle Dutch hegge; see haw1

ˈhedger n ˈhedging n ˈhedgy adj


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