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1. A row of closely planted shrubs or low-growing trees forming a fence or boundary.
2. A line of people or objects forming a barrier: a hedge of spectators along the sidewalk.
a. A means of protection or defense, especially against financial loss: a hedge against inflation.
b. A securities transaction that reduces the risk on an existing investment position.
4. An intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement.
5. A word or phrase, such as possibly or I think, that mitigates or weakens the certainty of a statement.
v. hedged, hedg·ing, hedg·es
1. To enclose or bound with or as if with hedges.
2. To hem in, hinder, or restrict with or as if with a hedge.
3. To minimize or protect against the loss of by counterbalancing one transaction, such as a bet, against another.
1. To plant or cultivate hedges.
2. To take compensatory measures so as to counterbalance possible loss.
3. To avoid making a clear, direct response or statement.

[Middle English, from Old English hecg.]

hedg′er n.
hedg′y adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.hedger - a respondent who avoids giving a clear direct answer
answerer, responder, respondent - someone who responds
2.hedger - someone who counterbalances one transaction (as a bet) against another in order to protect against loss
plunger, speculator - someone who risks losses for the possibility of considerable gains
3.hedger - a gardener who takes care of and trims hedges
gardener - someone employed to work in a garden
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