Definition of hedge verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    hedge

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//hedʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hedʒ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hedge
    BrE BrE//hedʒ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hedʒ//
     
    he / she / it hedges
    BrE BrE//ˈhedʒɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhedʒɪz//
     
    past simple hedged
    BrE BrE//hedʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hedʒd//
     
    past participle hedged
    BrE BrE//hedʒd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//hedʒd//
     
    -ing form hedging
    BrE BrE//ˈhedʒɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhedʒɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] to avoid giving a direct answer to a question or promising to support a particular idea, etc. Just answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’—and stop hedging.
  2. 2[transitive] hedge something to put a hedge around a field, etc.
  3. 3[transitive, usually passive] hedge somebody/something (about/around) (with something) (formal) to surround or limit somebody/something His religious belief was always hedged with doubt. Their offer was hedged around with all sorts of conditions.
  4. Word Origin Old English hegg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heg and German Hecke.Idioms to reduce the risk of losing or making a mistake by supporting more than one side in a competition, an argument, etc., or by having several choices available to you She hedged her bets by applying for various other jobs as well. Phrasal Verbshedge against somethinghedge in somebody
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