|1.||[ noun ] a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes|
|Related terms:||fence windbreak privet_hedge|
|2.||[ verb ] avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)|
|Synonyms:||sidestep evade skirt dodge duck parry circumvent elude put_off fudge|
"He dodged the issue" "she skirted the problem" "They tend to evade their responsibilities" "he evaded the questions skillfully"
|Related terms:||avoid quibble evasion dodge circumvention equivocator|
|3.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 6916|
|4.||[ verb ] minimize loss or risk|
"diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks" "hedge your bets"
|Related terms:||minimize hedger|
|5.||[ verb ] enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges|
"hedge the property"
|6.||[ verb ] hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge|
"The animals were hedged in"
|7.||[ noun ] (finance) any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change|
|8.||[ noun ] an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement|
"when you say `maybe' you are just hedging"