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dodge

noun \ ˈdäj \

Definition of dodge

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

Examples of dodge in a Sentence

  1. It was just another dodge to get out of working.

  2. just another dodge to get out of working in the yard

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Origin and Etymology of dodge

origin unknown


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dodge

verb

Definition of dodge

dodged; dodging
intransitive verb
1 a :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
1 a :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

Examples of dodge in a Sentence

  1. He dodged the first punch but was hit by the second.

  2. She dodged through the crowds as she hurried home.

  3. We dodged between the cars as we raced across the street.

  4. They managed to dodge the reporters by leaving through the back exit.

  5. She accused him of dodging his responsibilities as a parent.

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First Known Use of dodge

1680

dodge Synonyms

Synonyms
duck, jink, sidestep, slalom, weave, zigzag
Antonyms
comply (with), follow, keep, obey, observe
Related Words
avoid, elude, escape, evade, parry, shirk, skirt; deflect, turn; slide, slip
Near Antonyms
accede (to), acquiesce (to), assent (to); accept, court, embrace, pursue, seek, welcome; catch, contract, incur

Dodge

biographical name \ ˈdäj \

Definition of Dodge

Mary Elizabeth 1831–1905 née Mapes play \ˈmāps\ American author


DODGE Defined for English Language Learners

dodge

noun

Definition of dodge for English Language Learners

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


dodge

verb

Definition of dodge for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DODGE Defined for Kids

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dodge

noun \ ˈdäj \

Definition of dodge for Students

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

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dodge

verb

Definition of dodge for Students

dodged; dodging
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.

dodger

noun


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