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hedge

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noun \ˈhej\

Definition of hedge

  1. 1a :  a fence or boundary formed by a dense row of shrubs or low treesb :  barrier, limit <pikemen … present a hedge of metal points from which any cavalry would flinch — Tom Wintringham> <regarded it as the main function of their existence to raise a hedge around the law — F. W. Farrar>

  2. 2 :  a means of protection or defense (as against financial loss) <realization that common stocks are the best hedge against inflation — C. E. Merrill>

  3. 3 :  a calculatedly noncommittal or evasive statement <bureaucratic literature … festooned with hedges and qualifications — Fortune>

Examples of hedge in a sentence

  1. <the messenger was confronted with a hedge of spears held aloft by the castle guards>

Origin and Etymology of hedge

Middle English hegge, from Old English hecg; akin to Old English haga hedge, hawthorn


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms


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hedge

verb

Definition of hedge

hedged

;

hedging

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to enclose or protect with or as if with a dense row of shrubs or low trees :  to enclose or protect with or as if with a hedge (see 1hedge 1a) :  encircle <homes hedged with boxwoods>

  3. 2 :  to confine so as to prevent freedom of movement or action :  to obstruct with or as if with a barrier :  hinder <hedged about by special regulations and statutes — Sandi Rosenbloom>

  4. 3 :  to protect oneself from losing or failing by a counterbalancing action <hedge a bet>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to plant, form, or trim a hedge

  7. 2 :  to evade the risk of commitment especially by leaving open a way of retreat :  trim <hedged on the issue>

  8. 3 :  to protect oneself financially —usually used with against <in order to hedge against inflation — George Katona>: such asa :  to buy or sell commodity futures (see 2future 3) as a protection against loss due to price fluctuationb :  to minimize the risk of a bet

hedger

noun

hedgingly

play \ˈhe-jiŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of hedge in a sentence

  1. The garden is hedged by flowering shrubs.

  2. She hedged when she was asked to support the campaign.

  3. He hedged his earlier comments about the need for new management.

Origin and Etymology of hedge

see 1hedge


First Known Use: 14th century


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hedge

adjective

Definition of hedge

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or designed for a hedge (see 1hedge) <a hedge plant> <hedge selling on the commodity exchanges>

  2. 2 :  born, living, or made alongside or as if alongside a dense row of shrubs or low trees :  born, living, or made near or as if near hedges (see 1hedge 1a) :  roadside <the services of a hedge parson> <a hedge wedding>

  3. 3 :  inferior 3 <a hedge tavern>

Origin and Etymology of hedge

see 1hedge


First Known Use: 14th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms



HEDGE Defined for English Language Learners

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hedge

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noun \ˈhej\

Definition of hedge for English Language Learners

  • : a row of shrubs or small trees that are planted close to each other in order to form a boundary

  • : something that provides protection or defense


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hedge

verb

Definition of hedge for English Language Learners

  • : to surround (an area) with a hedge

  • : to avoid giving a promise or direct answer


HEDGE Defined for Kids

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hedge

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noun \ˈhej\

Definition of hedge for Students

  1. :  a fence or boundary made up of a thick growth of shrubs or low trees


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hedge

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verb

Definition of hedge for Students

hedged

hedging

  1. 1 :  to surround or protect with a thick growth of shrubs or low trees <The yard is hedged by shrubs.>

  2. 2 :  to avoid giving a direct or exact answer or promise <The more questions I asked, the more he hedged.>


Law Dictionary

hedge

intransitive verb \ˈhej\

Legal Definition of hedge

hedged

hedging

  1. :  to reduce possible losses in speculative transactions by engaging in offsetting transactions (as futures trading)



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