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HEDGE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does hedge mean? 

HEDGE (noun)
  The noun HEDGE has 3 senses:

1. a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
2. any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change
3. an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement

  Familiarity information: HEDGE used as a noun is uncommon.


HEDGE (verb)
  The verb HEDGE has 4 senses:

1. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
2. hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge
3. enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges
4. minimize loss or risk

  Familiarity information: HEDGE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


HEDGE (noun)


Sense 1hedge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

hedge; hedgerow

Hypernyms ("hedge" is a kind of...):

fence; fencing (a barrier that serves to enclose an area)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "hedge"):

privet hedge (hedge of privet plants)

shelterbelt; windbreak (hedge or fence of trees designed to lessen the force of the wind and reduce erosion)


Sense 2hedge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

hedging; hedge

Hypernyms ("hedge" is a kind of...):

protection; security (defense against financial failure; financial independence)


Sense 3hedge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

hedging; hedge

Context example:

when you say 'maybe' you are just hedging

Hypernyms ("hedge" is a kind of...):

equivocation; evasion (a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth)


HEDGE (verb)


Sense 1hedge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

skirt; sidestep; hedge; evade; parry; fudge; elude; dodge; circumvent; duck; put off

Context examples:

He dodged the issue / she skirted the problem / They tend to evade their responsibilities / he evaded the questions skillfully

Hypernyms (to "hedge" is one way to...):

avoid (stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "hedge"):

quibble (evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 2hedge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The animals were hedged in

Hypernyms (to "hedge" is one way to...):

hem in (surround in a restrictive manner)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3hedge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

hedge in; hedge

Context example:

hedge the property

Hypernyms (to "hedge" is one way to...):

close in; enclose; inclose; shut in (surround completely)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4hedge [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Minimize loss or risk

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context examples:

diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks / hedge your bets

Hypernyms (to "hedge" is one way to...):

minimise; minimize (make small or insignificant)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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