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Definition of dodge

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : an act of evading by sudden bodily movement
2a : an artful device to evade, deceive, or trick


dodged; dodging

Definition of dodge (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

1a : to move to and fro or from place to place usually in an irregular course dodged through the crowd
b : to make a sudden movement in a new direction (as to evade a blow) dodged behind the door
2 : to evade a responsibility or duty especially by trickery or deceit

transitive verb

1a : to evade by a sudden or repeated shift of position dodge tacklers
b : to avoid an encounter with celebrities dodging the media
2 : to evade (something, such as a duty) usually indirectly or by trickery dodged the draft by leaving the country dodged questions
dodge a bullet or less commonly dodge the bullet
: to narrowly avoid an unwelcome, harmful, or disastrous outcome or occurrence coastal towns dodged a bullet when the hurricane veered out to sea


biographical name
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Definition of Dodge (Entry 3 of 3)

Mary Elizabeth 1831–1905 née Mapes \ ˈmāps How to pronounce Dodge (audio) \ American author

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Examples of dodge in a Sentence

Noun It was just another dodge to get out of working. just another dodge to get out of working in the yard Verb He dodged the first punch but was hit by the second. She dodged through the crowds as she hurried home. We dodged between the cars as we raced across the street. They managed to dodge the reporters by leaving through the back exit. She accused him of dodging his responsibilities as a parent.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Biden’s dodge on court packing, for example, left him vulnerable. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Who Wins an Unwatchable Debate?," 30 Sep. 2020 Some kids with smartphones are trying an easy dodge. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "Kids dodge online teachers with fake glitch, while some schools see real challenges," 10 Sep. 2020 This dodge violates the App Store’s rules, hence the expulsion. The Economist, "Power play Epic Games takes on Apple," 22 Aug. 2020 California legislators say that’s simply a dodge to get around having to pay the full benefits for overtime, health insurance, unemployment, and other legal obligations, since those rules don’t apply to contract work. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Letter: Week of August 17," 21 Aug. 2020 Nuggets coach Mike Malone spent many hours between games dialing in on ways for his defenders to gang up on Mitchell, to throw up enough flak to force him to twist and turn in the dodge. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Can the Utah Jazz reverse the inevitable? They can if they play like this.," 20 Aug. 2020 Hikers in Hidden Falls Regional Park dodge crews operating a sonic drill boring into the forest floor. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, "Ford, state expand probe of toxic waste dump near St. Paul's Ford site," 20 Aug. 2020 Meng Wanzhou, who also serves as the company’s chief financial officer, was wanted by the U.S. for allegedly helping Huawei dodge sanctions on Iran. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Huawei Founder Ren Zhengfei Takes Off the Gloves in Fight Against U.S.," 6 June 2020 Instead, your best bet during melee is carefully timing attacks and dodges, bringing a more dynamic feel. Washington Post, "How does ‘The Last of Us Part II’ play? The answer is extremely well.," 1 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The White House staff members and Secret Service agents do not get the option of trying to dodge this illness. Washington Post, "The White House’s loyal workforce isn’t getting much loyalty from the first family," 5 Oct. 2020 To reach the mine, visitors have to dodge grazing cattle and navigate a narrow road that cuts through an imposing glen skirting a lively river. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "There’s Gold in Them Thar Braes," 27 Sep. 2020 Rand legend has it that a submarine commander used the book to set unpredictable courses to dodge enemy ships. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘A Million Random Digits’ Was a Number-Cruncher’s Bible. Now One Has Exposed Flaws in the Disorder.," 24 Sep. 2020 And, if the series happens in New York, Pineda would dodge a huge bullet with no fans in the stands. La Velle E. Neal Iii, Star Tribune, "Cracking Twins playoff code: Who will start Game 1 of the MLB playoffs?," 22 Sep. 2020 ByteDance has spent the last few weeks trying to orchestrate a deal with U.S.-based companies to take over operations stateside to dodge the president’s promised executive orders. Stan Horaczek, Popular Science, "TikTok and WeChat aren’t getting banned after all—but that could change," 21 Sep. 2020 At the same time, China, the world's second largest economy, managed to dodge a recession even after its worst start to the year in decades. Allison Morrow, CNN, "RIP jeans. We're all eating our feelings now," 13 Aug. 2020 Colleges communicate almost exclusively with students via email, and setting up a more professional account is an easy way to dodge a red flag. Lee Shulman Bierer,, "Countdown to college: Application mistakes to avoid," 17 Aug. 2020 Chrissy, being Chrissy, didn't dodge the question at all and went into detail about the situation in a lengthy thread response on Twitter. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Didn't Know She Was Pregnant When She Had Her Breast Implants Removed," 15 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of dodge


1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1680, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for dodge


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17 Oct 2020

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“Dodge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dodge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a clever or dishonest trick done in order to avoid something



English Language Learners Definition of dodge (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move quickly to one side in order to avoid being hit by (someone or something)
: to move quickly in order to avoid being hit, seen, stopped, etc.
: to get away from or avoid (someone or something) in a skillful or dishonest way


\ ˈdäj How to pronounce dodge (audio) \

Kids Definition of dodge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a sudden movement to one side
2 : a trick done to avoid something


dodged; dodging

Kids Definition of dodge (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to move suddenly aside or to and fro We dodged through the crowd.
2 : to avoid especially by moving quickly dodge a punch
3 : evade I dodged the question.

Other Words from dodge

dodger noun

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