Hedge - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |hedʒ|  American pronunciation of the word hedge
Brit.  |hedʒ|  British pronunciation of the word hedge


- a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes (syn: hedgerow)
- any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change
- an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement


- avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues) (syn: circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt)
- hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge
The animals were hedged in
- enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges
hedge the property
- minimize loss or risk
diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks
hedge your bets

Extra examples

...the messenger was confronted with a hedge of spears held aloft by the castle guards...

The garden is hedged by flowering shrubs.

She hedged when she was asked to support the campaign.

He hedged his earlier comments about the need for new management.

It would put a hedge round his finances.

Starting a business of one's own is hedged about with a lot of difficulties.

You're hedging again - have you got the money or haven't you?

'That depends on my partner,' she hedged.

The animals were hedged in

About the hedge there was a picket fence

There was a break in the hedge.

Rabbits have gnawed at the hedge.

Rabbits had gnawed a hole in the hedge.

She carefully pruned the hedge.

The horse took the hedge easily.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: hedge
he/she/it: hedges
present participle: hedging
past tense: hedged
past participle: hedged
singular: hedge
plural: hedges
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