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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
\ ˈdäj How to pronounce Dodge (audio) \

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 The film's tunnel-vision approach—move, dodge, fight, stay alive—should be engrossing. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch (and Skip) in Theaters and on Netflix This Weekend," 27 Dec. 2019 Han responds with a clunky CGI dodge, then fires at Greedo. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "The Han and Greedo shooting scene changed again (and probably not the way you wanted)," 13 Nov. 2019 Upon further review, detectives could read the temporary license plate on the rear of the dodge and through MVD, identify the owner of the car. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 28 Oct. 2019 Officers reviewed video from the bank and could see a black dodge follow the victim from the parking lot. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 28 Oct. 2019 Such dodges work only with the connivance of the courts. The Economist, "India’s judges are ignoring the government’s abuses in Kashmir," 5 Oct. 2019 Following directly behind the victim was the same black dodge from the bank. Houston Chronicle, "Memorial Villages Police Department weekly report," 28 Oct. 2019 There's dodge ball and competitive jumping, a foam pit and basketball dunking lanes. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Shop local for kids: Louisville's 5 best gift ideas for the children in your life," 18 Nov. 2019 Eventually, Jesse learns how to warp-jump, which works both as a dodge and a tricky way to fly around; hypnotize her foes into joining her side as limited-time combatants; create a protective, temporary shield while running through danger; and more. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Review: Control is Remedy’s best game yet—and a ray tracing masterpiece," 26 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others say changes are needed to dodge even greater disease issues. Ben Long, Outdoor Life, "Can the National Elk Refuge Survive CWD?," 29 Jan. 2020 On Monday, Prince Andrew was accused by prosecutors in New York of dodging an F.B.I. interview about Mr. Epstein. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Harry and Meghan’s Big Funding Source Is Private. Sort of.," 27 Jan. 2020 Neural network researchers did eventually find ways of dodging the obstacle that Minsky and Papert identified, and neuroscientists found examples of those solutions in nature. Quanta Magazine, "Hidden Computational Power Found in the Arms of Neurons," 14 Jan. 2020 Many have accused him of dodging the draft during the Vietnam War, though the president had bone spurs that barred him from active duty. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "'I'm not enlisting': Comedy group posts phony Army recruitment poster featuring Don Trump Jr.," 10 Jan. 2020 After a modicum of dodging from the cast and insisting that Schitt's Creek didn't need to be defined by national borders, creator and star Dan Levy finally revealed to Buzzfeed News that Schitt's Creek is set in Canada. Leah Marilla Thomas,, "Wait A Minute, Where Is Schitt’s Creek Actually Supposed To Be?," 8 Jan. 2020 Boris Johnson has been accused of dodging media interviews, most notably with the BBC's veteran presenter Andrew Neil, and avoiding press scrutiny. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "Boris Johnson is hiding from scrutiny. It might win him the election," 7 Dec. 2019 However, Republicans were anything but united with the president on the unexpected tweet, and many simply dodged questions from reporters. Luke Johnson, Fortune, "Trump’s Twitter Attack on Yovanovitch Rocks Republican Impeachment Defense," 15 Nov. 2019 With less than two minutes to play in the third quarter, Clemson dodged having even more of a mountain to climb. New York Times, "L.S.U.’s offense has come to life.," 13 Jan. 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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“Dodge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 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


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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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