- 1[transitive, intransitive] to move quickly and suddenly to one side in order to avoid somebody/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[transitive] (rather informal) 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. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (in the senses ‘dither’ and ‘haggle’): of unknown origin.Extra examples She ran quickly, dodging between the trees. She threw a heavy book and he just managed to dodge in time. We had to dodge their missiles. dodging in and out of the traffic Claims that he dodged the draft for the Vietnam War could damage his election chances.Idioms
BrE BrE//dɒdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//dɑːdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dodge
BrE BrE//dɒdʒ//; NAmE NAmE//dɑːdʒ//he / she / it dodges
BrE BrE//ˈdɒdʒɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːdʒɪz//past simple dodged
BrE BrE//dɒdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//dɑːdʒd//past participle dodged
BrE BrE//dɒdʒd//; NAmE NAmE//dɑːdʒd//-ing form dodging
BrE BrE//ˈdɒdʒɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːdʒɪŋ//