hedge

hedge
[[t]he̱ʤ[/t]]
hedges, hedging, hedged
1) N-COUNT A hedge is a row of bushes or small trees, usually along the edge of a garden, field, or road.
2) VERB If you hedge against something unpleasant or unwanted that might affect you, especially losing money, you do something which will protect you from it.

[V against n] You can hedge against redundancy or illness with insurance...

[V n] Today's clever financial instruments make it possible for firms to hedge their risks.

3) N-COUNT: N against n Something that is a hedge against something unpleasant will protect you from its effects.

Gold is traditionally a hedge against inflation.

4) VERB If you hedge, you avoid answering a question or committing yourself to a particular action or decision.

They hedged in answering various questions about the operation...

[V with quote] `I can't give you an answer now,' he hedged.

5) PHRASE: V inflects If you hedge your bets, you reduce the risk of losing a lot by supporting more than one person or thing in a situation where they are opposed to each other.

Hawker Siddeley tried to hedge its bets by diversifying into other fields...

Forecasters are hedging their bets about the outcome of this Saturday's Louisiana governor's race.

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  • Hedge — Hedge, n. [OE. hegge, AS. hecg; akin to haga an inclosure, E. haw, AS. hege hedge, E. haybote, D. hegge, OHG. hegga, G. hecke. [root]12. See {Haw} a hedge.] A thicket of bushes, usually thorn bushes; especially, such a thicket planted as a fence… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hedge — Hedge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hedged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hedging}.] 1. To inclose or separate with a hedge; to fence with a thickly set line or thicket of shrubs or small trees; as, to hedge a field or garden. [1913 Webster] 2. To obstruct, as a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hedge — Hedge, v. i. 1. To shelter one s self from danger, risk, duty, responsibility, etc., as if by hiding in or behind a hedge; to skulk; to slink; to shirk obligations. [1913 Webster] I myself sometimes, leaving the fear of God on the left hand and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hedge — may refer to:*Hedge (barrier) or hedgerow, line of closely spaced shrubs planted to act as a barrier *Hedge (finance), investment made to limit loss *Hedge (linguistics), intentionally non committal or ambiguous sentence fragmentsee also*Hedgerow …   Wikipedia

  • Hedge — bezeichnet: das Hedgegeschäft im Finanzbereich eine adverbiale oder adjektivische Wendung, genannt Heckenausdruck Ian Charleson Hedge (* 1928), schottischer Botaniker Thomas Hedge (1844–1920), US amerikanischer Politiker Siehe auch:… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • hedge — / hej/ vi hedged, hedg·ing: to reduce possible losses in speculative transactions by engaging in offsetting transactions (as futures trading) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. hedge …   Law dictionary

  • hedge — [hej] n. [ME hegge < OE hecg, akin to Ger hecke < IE base * kagh , wickerwork, wickerwork pen > ON heggr, L caulae, sheepfold: basic sense “woven fence, enclosure”] 1. a row of closely planted shrubs, bushes, or trees forming a boundary… …   English World dictionary

  • hedge — ► NOUN 1) a fence or boundary formed by closely growing bushes or shrubs. 2) a contract entered into or asset held as a protection against possible financial loss. 3) a word or phrase used to allow for additional possibilities or to avoid over… …   English terms dictionary

  • hedge — [n] boundary, obstacle, especially one made of plants barrier, bush, enclosure, fence, guard, hedgerow, hurdle, protection, quickset, screen, shrubbery, thicket, windbreak; concepts 429,470 hedge [v1] avoid, dodge beat around the bush*, be… …   New thesaurus

  • Hedge — (spr. Hedsch), Frederick Henry, geb. 1805 zu Cambridge im Staate Massachusetts, ging 1818 mit George Bancroft nach Deutschland u. besuchte seit 1821 Schulpforte, kehrte 1823 nach Amerika zurück, studirte auf der Harvard Universität in Cambridge,… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • hedge in — index circumscribe (surround by boundary), envelop, occlude, restrict Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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