\ ˈdäj How to pronounce dodge (audio) \

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
b : expedient


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 Critics within the working group and throughout the university properly considered those terms a dodge. Los Angeles Times, "Column: UC faces more pressure to shun healthcare deals with Catholic hospitals, as it should," 21 Feb. 2021 Moments later, Busbee fielded a punt at the 10-yard line, did a little dodge and weave up the middle, cut right and then used a Red & Black escort to the end zone. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Aztecs sparked by special teams in victory over Colorado State," 5 Dec. 2020 Bosses’ incoming attacks can be visually indecipherable, making dodge timing inconsistent from fight to fight. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity," 18 Nov. 2020 Critics of the ride-sharing companies, such as California Gov. Gavin Newsom, claim that’s just a dodge to get out of paying overtime and complying with other workplace regulations. Sean Higgins, National Review, "Court Ruling Could Kill Uber and Lyft in California," 26 Oct. 2020 Even the tax experts are scratching their heads about Trump's dodge in wording. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Trump keeps calling $750 tax payment a 'filing fee'. Experts say there's no such thing," 23 Oct. 2020 This is a dodge, so Mr. Biden doesn’t have to commit either way. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Rhetoric of Court Packing Is Here," 22 Oct. 2020 Much of the movie's look has the heightened unreality of his 2004 CG apogee The Polar Express, and that also tends to carry over to the story, with its dodge-and-weave pacing and peculiar tone. Leah Greenblatt,, "HBO Max's The Witches casts the wrong kind of spell: Review," 21 Oct. 2020 Biden’s dodge on court packing, for example, left him vulnerable. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Who Wins an Unwatchable Debate?," 30 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That’s where 95% of infections now stem from a viral variant that in test tube studies could dodge antibodies against the viral spike protein. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "How soon will COVID-19 vaccines return life to normal?," 16 Feb. 2021 However, the blunt tool of raising tax rates is fueling the flight to dodge tax obligations. Star Tribune, "Readers Write: Student achievement gap, raising taxes, COVID relief," 2 Feb. 2021 Critics of emotional support animals often argued that many passengers were bringing their pets on the plane and classifying them as emotional support animals to dodge the fees. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Southwest will ban emotional support animals in March, joining American, United, Delta," 26 Jan. 2021 All of them should have facilities to pay digitally, though many don’t, sometimes to dodge taxes. Craig Stirling,, "Italy’s Love of Cash Is Tested by Conte’s Tax Capture Trick," 7 Oct. 2020 If the Saints can dodge the injuries that hindered the offense last season and avoid game cancellations seen recently throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area, their talent could make the run for the TAPPS Div. Tess Demeyer, Dallas News, "Injuries derailed Fort Worth All Saints' hot start in 2019, but the team has more than enough talent to turn heads in 2020," 23 Sep. 2020 Schumer said Republicans are trying to dodge a vote on whether to convict Trump. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Leahy impeachment role raises questions about Trump trial fairness," 25 Jan. 2021 That last preventive measure has been particularly hard, said Ryan, who worries about how the borough will continue to dodge the virus as the approaching cold weather forces people indoors. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "'We don’t think it’s a hoax’: Only three U.S. counties left without COVID cases. How did they avoid the virus?," 15 Oct. 2020 The cat was able to successfully dodge an oncoming car, but Boogieman wasn’t so fortunate. Carol Robinson |, al, "Oneonta police K9 hit by car; GoFundMe launched to help mend the tracking dog," 20 Jan. 2021

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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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4 Mar 2021

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“Dodge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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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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