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Definition of hedge verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hedge
    he / she / it hedges
    past simple hedged
    -ing form hedging
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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] (formal) to surround or limit someone or something His religious belief was always hedged with doubt.
  4. Idioms
    hedge your bets
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    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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hedge