- 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] 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. 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
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//