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



    BrE BrE//hedʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//hedʒ//
    On the farm, In the garden
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  1. 1 a row of bushes or small trees planted close together, usually along the edge of a field, garden/yard or road a privet hedge See related entries: On the farm, In the garden
  2. 2hedge against something a way of protecting yourself against the loss of something, especially money to buy gold as a hedge against inflation
  3. Word OriginOld English hegg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heg and German Hecke.Extra examples Establish which boundary hedges are yours, and which belong to a neighbour. Trim the hedge and collect the trimmings. a thick hawthorn hedge I bought gold as a hedge against inflation.
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