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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 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 In the quest to build lists, there are no end of dodges to persuade people to give their contact information. Jake Bernstein, The New York Review of Books, "The Fundraising Pulpit," 8 Apr. 2020 Her dodge stemmed from an uncomfortable choice faced by every American labour union in the Democratic primary. The Economist, "Unions fear that a Democratic president may damage members’ health," 21 Feb. 2020 In her latest opinion piece for the New York Times, Aisha Harris digs into Hollywood’s habit of embracing films that have a diversity dodge built in. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Stop making excuses for the lack of diversity in film," 6 Feb. 2020 If the company’s big tax dodge were upended, Facebook could be forced to pay up to $9 billion more in taxes, the company recently said, an increase from its earlier estimates of up to $5 billion before the IRS changed its demand. Paul Kiel, ProPublica, "Who’s Afraid of the IRS? Not Facebook.," 23 Jan. 2020 Some were the size of baseballs and softballs; others were the size of bowling balls and dodge balls, and the biggest ones, just a few, looked to be the size of yoga balls, the kind some people use work out with and do Pilates. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, "Ice balls appear on Lake Michigan beach, a rare phenomenon amid freezing temps," 14 Feb. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Entirely reclaimed by locals, there would be no crowds at the Louvre, few lines to ascend the Eiffel Tower, and no selfie-stick wielding travelers to dodge on the sidewalk. Lindsey Tramuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "As Paris Reopens, Residents Are Enjoying a City Without Tourists," 26 June 2020 The tiny island nation in the Pacific has largely been able to dodge the COVID-19 bullet that has ripped through much of the world. Fox News, "New Zealanders returning home face backlash as coronavirus resurgence fears grow," 25 June 2020 Be honest to dodge misunderstandings and avoid creating doubts in a loved one. Magi Helena, oregonlive, "Horoscope for June 25, 2020: Leo, you perform best under pressure; Libra, show restraint," 25 June 2020 In order to dodge the blockade, Telegram started hosting its service on servers with different IP addresses to those listed on the blocking order. David Meyer, Fortune, "Russia’s online censorship machine is no longer running smoothly," 24 June 2020 Critics had denounced the refusal to open the information to the public as an attempt to dodge accountability for how the federal aid money is spent. Marcy Gordon,, "Administration drops secrecy posture on small business aid," 20 June 2020 Increasingly, politicians are complaining about potential taxpayer bailouts for firms that may dodge taxes at home. Aoife White,, "Why It Seems Like Everybody’s Getting a State Bailout," 5 June 2020 At least the city managed to dodge a bullet with that one. Otis R. Taylor Jr.,, "Violent cops didn’t concern Vallejo city leaders until it was trendy," 11 June 2020 If the pathogen manages to dodge the innate immune system, adaptive immunity kicks in. USA Today, "Can vitamin D help with symptoms of COVID-19? Possibly, it's key to helping your immune system function," 9 June 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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19 Jun 2020

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“Dodge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 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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