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hedge

hedge

 
pronunciation:
hej
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a solid row of bushes, often used to mark a boundary.
The property is bordered by a hedge of boxwood.
 
definition 2: a means of limiting the extent of possible loss by acting ahead of time to compensate for it.
similar words:
precaution
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hedged, hedges, hedging
definition 1: to protect (risks) against failure by acting ahead of time to compensate for or limit possible loss.
I hedged my bets at the racetrack.She hedged the contract with a contingency clause.
definition 2: to enclose or mark off as with a boundary such as a hedge (usu. fol. by in).
Tall weeds hedged in the playing field on three sides.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to avoid commitment to a position or opinion by qualifying or evading; equivocate.
When asked for an answer, he hedged, saying that he needed to discuss the matter with his colleagues.
similar words:
equivocate
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