[ US /ˈhɛdʒ/ ]
[ UK /hˈɛd‍ʒ/ ]
  1. minimize loss or risk
    hedge your bets
    diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks
  2. hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge
    The animals were hedged in
  3. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
    They tend to evade their responsibilities
    he evaded the questions skillfully
    He dodged the issue
    she skirted the problem
  4. enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges
    hedge the property
  1. a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
  2. an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement
    when you say `maybe' you are just hedging
  3. any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change
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How To Use hedge In A Sentence

  • I don't think they play at all fairly," Alice began, in rather a complaining tone, "and they all quarrel so dreadfully one can't hear oneself speak and they don't seem to have any rules in particular; at least, if there are, nobody attends to them -- and you've no idea how confusing it is all the things being alive; for instance, there's the arch I've got to go through next walking about at the other end of the ground -- and I should have croqueted the Queen's hedgehog just now, only it ran away when it saw mine coming! Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • There was once a fairy who created the fields and forests expressly for those in love, — in that eternal hedge-school of lovers, which is forever beginning anew, and which will last as long as there are hedges and scholars. Les Miserables
  • Plastic bags, crisp packets, plastic bottles and soggy newspapers lie abundantly in the verges, or caught in trees and hedges.
  • It ain 'fittin' fo 'you-all to say anythin' ag'in 'Dr. Morgan, whatever he may _se_-lect to do," asserted Bud, combatively, and Pink hastened to hedge. A Tar-Heel Baron
  • His beard went all round under his chin, and was clipped into the appearance of a stiff thick hedge — equally thick, and equally broad, and equally protrusive at all parts. John Caldigate
  • The cases have mainly involved small companies and hedge funds or predatory investors. Times, Sunday Times
  • More than 30 elaborate scarecrows are peering from hedgerows, fields and chimney pots, as part of the annual scarecrow competition.
  • He hath a daughter too, who once sought to mar our trade with her gittern; a daughter, then in a kirtle that I would not have nimmed from a hedge, but whom I last saw in sarcenet and lawn, with The Last of the Barons — Complete
  • The trade-off between performance, fees and illiquidity will make hedge funds much less alluring in the future. Times, Sunday Times
  • This is increasingly a focus of activist shareholders, including hedge funds.
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