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hedge

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noun \ˈhej\

Simple Definition of hedge

  • : a row of shrubs or small trees that are planted close to each other in order to form a boundary

  • : something that provides protection or defense

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hedge

  1. 1 a :  a fence or boundary formed by a dense row of shrubs or low trees b :  barrier, limit

  2. 2 :  a means of protection or defense (as against financial loss)

  3. 3 :  a calculatedly noncommittal or evasive statement

Examples of hedge in a sentence

  1. <the messenger was confronted with a hedge of spears held aloft by the castle guards>



Origin of hedge

Middle English hegge, from Old English hecg; akin to Old English haga hedge, hawthorn


First Known Use: before 12th century

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Rhymes with hedge


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hedge

verb

Simple Definition of hedge

  • : to surround (an area) with a hedge

  • : to avoid giving a promise or direct answer

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of hedge

hedgedhedging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to enclose or protect with or as if with a hedge :  encircle

  3. 2 :  to hem in or obstruct with or as if with a barrier :  hinder <hedged about by special regulations and statutes — Sandi Rosenbloom>

  4. 3 :  to protect oneself from losing or failing by a counterbalancing action <hedge a bet>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to plant, form, or trim a hedge

  7. 2 :  to evade the risk of commitment especially by leaving open a way of retreat :  trim

  8. 3 :  to protect oneself financially: as a :  to buy or sell commodity futures as a protection against loss due to price fluctuation b :  to minimize the risk of a bet

hedger noun
hedgingly play \ˈhe-jiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of hedge in a sentence

  1. The garden is hedged by flowering shrubs.

  2. She hedged when she was asked to support the campaign.

  3. He hedged his earlier comments about the need for new management.



14th Century

First Known Use of hedge

14th century


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hedge

adjective

Definition of hedge

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or designed for a hedge

  2. 2 :  born, living, or made near or as if near hedges :  roadside

  3. 3 :  inferior 3



14th Century

First Known Use of hedge

14th century

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HEDGE Defined for Kids

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hedge

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noun \ˈhej\

Definition of hedge for Students

  1. :  a fence or boundary made up of a thick growth of shrubs or low trees




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hedge

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verb

Definition of hedge for Students

hedgedhedging

  1. 1 :  to surround or protect with a thick growth of shrubs or low trees <The yard is hedged by shrubs.>

  2. 2 :  to avoid giving a direct or exact answer or promise <The more questions I asked, the more he hedged.>




Law Dictionary

hedge

intransitive verb \ˈhej\

Legal Definition of hedge

hedgedhedging

  1. :  to reduce possible losses in speculative transactions by engaging in offsetting transactions (as futures trading)





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