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Definition of dodge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dodge
    he / she / it dodges
    past simple dodged
    -ing form dodging
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to move quickly and suddenly to one side in order to avoid someone or something dodge something He ran across the road, dodging the traffic. (+ adv./prep.) The girl dodged behind a tree to hide from the other children.
  2. 2[transitive] to avoid doing something, especially in a dishonest way dodge something He dodged his military service. dodge doing something She tried to dodge paying her taxes. He tried to dodge the question/issue (= avoid giving an answer) by changing the subject.
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