dodge

noun
\ 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

dodge

verb
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

Dodge

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 That puts employers in the position of determining what is a legitimate religious belief and what is a dodge. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 21 Sep. 2021 But the Hollywood veteran is too wily to allow himself to be used politically; his public statements duck and dodge expectations. Armond White, National Review, 17 Sep. 2021 That puts employers in the position of determining what is a legitimate religious belief and what is a dodge. Arkansas Online, 16 Sep. 2021 That puts employers in the position of determining what is a legitimate religious belief and what is a dodge. Colleen Long And Andrew Demillo, Chron, 16 Sep. 2021 That puts employers in the position of determining what is a legitimate religious belief and what is a dodge. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 21 Sep. 2021 Ultimately, though, Democrats in the deep-blue state delivered a dodge for Newsom. Philip Elliott, Time, 15 Sep. 2021 Competitors jump across platforms and dodge many, many moving cars, all while trying not to fall in the water and in hopes of eventually winning a $100,000 prize. Justin Curto, Vulture, 19 Aug. 2021 That puts employers in the position of determining what is a legitimate religious belief and what is a dodge. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, 21 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Employees whose adult dependents wish to remain unvaccinated and also dodge the fee can seek health insurance elsewhere, Ochsner noted. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 4 Oct. 2021 Maryland has done its best to dodge the narrative with the hope of enjoying its moment in the national spotlight Friday night. Ryan Mcfadden, baltimoresun.com, 30 Sep. 2021 One of Lawrence’s best traits as a quarterback is his ability to dodge defenders in the pocket and make plays on the run. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 29 Sep. 2021 The measures approved included a levy that could help Cleveland schools dodge big cuts. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 5 Nov. 2020 Plumes are also thin, allowing most incoming seismic waves to dodge them with ease. Quanta Magazine, 15 Sep. 2021 Will Daly, for his part, did not dodge the charge of radicalism. oregonlive, 4 June 2021 Activists have often stressed health concerns in an effort to dodge moral imponderables. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2021 There is some evidence that birds dodge storms by listening to infrasound. Jason Gregg, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of dodge

Noun

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1680, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for dodge

Noun

origin unknown

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18 Oct 2021

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“Dodge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dodge. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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dodge

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dodge

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a clever or dishonest trick done in order to avoid something

dodge

verb

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

dodge

noun
\ 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

dodge

verb
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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