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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
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 But Trump and his conspirators are experts by now at the art of the dodge. Susan B. Glasser, The New Yorker, 1 July 2021 In essence, a VIE is a legal dodge that lets Chinese companies sell shares to foreigners even if those companies operate in industries in which China prohibits foreign investment. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 8 July 2021 For Chicago Police, this is perhaps a second dodge with disaster within the past five years involving a hotel guest with a rifle and a large outdoor event. Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, Forbes, 7 July 2021 Allowing college athletes to earn money for their talent can only reform the NCAA because the entire scheme is a dodge and a hustle. Joseph Goodman |, al, 25 June 2021 There’s been a certain amount of sniffing that the ProPublica disclosures are old news — that the tax dodge of unrealized capital gains and other breaks available chiefly to those with a lot of money have long been known. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 9 June 2021 The whistle-blowers, two of whom hired Mr. Polsky to advise them, argued that this was a flagrant tax dodge. New York Times, 12 June 2021 Lawyers actually earn high fees for facilitating this absurd tax dodge. Jeffrey Sachs, CNN, 10 June 2021 Loyola finally ended the scoreless drought of 16:46 when junior midfielder Riley Seay curled the left post and scored off a question mark dodge with 2:35 left before halftime. Edward Lee,, 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Among the variant's many mutations are some that may help the virus partly dodge the immune system. Roni Caryn Rabin, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Among the variant’s many mutations are some that may help the virus partly dodge the immune system. New York Times, 29 June 2021 When Taiwan became a rare island of normalcy during the pandemic, tech entrepreneurs flocked here to dodge the brunt of the coronavirus in their home countries. Leslie Nguyen-okwu, Quartz, 2 June 2021 The low orbit around Earth is now so congested that objects launched must dodge old satellites and debris that shoot through space at 17,000 miles per hour. Eren Ozmen For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 30 Mar. 2021 The deal helps Iran dodge American sanctions, and the cash infusion will ease economic pressure on the ruling mullahs. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2021 The airfield was surrounded by three 180-foot radio towers, which saved his life when the pilot had to dodge them while on a strafing run, St. John said. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 8 June 2021 Meanwhile, Sun Country is trying to dodge the lunchroom food fight while also seeking to shuttle Minnesotans to and from the 49th state. Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 Wealthy could dodge 90% of Biden's capital gains tax YouTube TV, which launched in 2017, is a subscription service that lets users stream live television channels. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, 30 Apr. 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


origin unknown

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“Dodge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 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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