Hedge meaning

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A word or phrase, such as possibly or I think, that mitigates or weakens the certainty of a statement.
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To plant or cultivate hedges.
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A line of people or objects forming a barrier.

A hedge of spectators along the sidewalk.

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To minimize or protect against the loss of by counterbalancing one transaction, such as a bet, against another.
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To take compensatory measures so as to counterbalance possible loss.
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To avoid making a clear, direct response or statement.
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A row of closely planted shrubs, bushes, or trees forming a boundary or fence.
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Anything serving as a fence or barrier; restriction or defense.
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The act or an instance of hedging.
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Of, in, or near a hedge.
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Low, disreputable, irregular, etc.
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To place a hedge around or along; border or bound with a hedge.
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To hinder or guard as by surrounding with a barrier.
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To try to avoid or lessen loss in connection with (a bet, risk, etc.) by making counterbalancing bets, investments, etc.
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To hide behind words; refuse to commit oneself or give a direct answer.
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An intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement.
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To hem in, hinder, or restrict with or as if with a hedge.
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Hedge is defined as something you do to minimize loss.

An example of hedge is to buy the stocks of two competing companies so that you will receive an increase in the value of one stock even if the other stock declines in value.

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The definition of a hedge is a boundary or fence formed by closely planted bushes or trees.

An example of hedge is a line of bushes planted close together creating a border.

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A position created when a financial contract is purchased in the futures or options market. The purpose of the hedge is designed to protect against price changes in the actual commodity or financial instrument. By selling a futures contract, a producer or trader can protect against potential price declines. Buying a futures contract protects against rising costs. In essence, a hedge works somewhat like insurance.
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A thicket of bushes, usually thorn bushes; especially, such a thicket planted as a fence between any two portions of land; and also any sort of shrubbery, as evergreens, planted in a line or as a fence; particularly, such a thicket planted round a field to fence it, or in rows to separate the parts of a garden.

He trims the hedge once a week.

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(UK, chiefly Devon and Cornish) A mound of earth, stone- or turf-faced, often topped with bushes, used as a fence between any two portions of land.
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A non-committal or intentionally ambiguous statement.
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(finance) Contract or arrangement reducing one's exposure to risk (for example the risk of price movements or interest rate movements).

The asset class acts as a hedge.

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(UK, Ireland, noun adjunct) Used attributively, with figurative indication of a person's upbringing, or professional activities, taking place by the side of the road; third-rate.
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To enclose with a hedge or hedges.

To hedge a field or garden.

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To obstruct with a hedge or hedges.
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(finance) To offset the risk associated with.
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(intransitive) To avoid verbal commitment.

He carefully hedged his statements with weasel words.

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(intransitive) To construct or repair a hedge.
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(intransitive, finance) To reduce one's exposure to risk.
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To hide or protect oneself, as if behind a hedge.
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A row of closely planted shrubs or low-growing trees forming a fence or boundary.
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To enclose or bound with or as if with hedges.
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To try to avoid or lessen loss by making counterbalancing bets, investments, etc.
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Origin of hedge

  • Middle English from Old English hecg

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English hegge, from Old English hecg, from Proto-Germanic *hagjō (compare Dutch heg, German Hecke), from Proto-Indo-European *kagʰyo-. More at haw.

    From Wiktionary