- 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[transitive] hedge something to put a hedge around a field, etc.
- 3 [transitive, usually passive] (formal) to surround or limit someone or something His religious belief was always hedged with doubt. Idioms
NAmE//hɛdʒ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hedge
he / she / it hedges
past simple hedged
-ing form hedging
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 somebody/somethingin
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