Definition of "hedge" []

  • A row of closely planted shrubs or low-growing trees forming a fence or boundary. (noun)
  • A line of people or objects forming a barrier: a hedge of spectators along the sidewalk. (noun)
  • A means of protection or defense, especially against financial loss: a hedge against inflation. (noun)
  • A securities transaction that reduces the risk on an existing investment position. (noun)
  • An intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement. (noun)
  • A row of shrubs, bushes, or trees forming a boundary to a field, garden, etc (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A barrier or protection against something (noun)
  • The act or a method of reducing the risk of financial loss on an investment, bet, etc (noun)
  • A cautious or evasive statement (noun)
  • Low, inferior, or illiterate (noun)
  • To enclose or separate with or as if with a hedge (verb)
  • To make or maintain a hedge, as by cutting and laying (verb)
  • To hinder, obstruct, or restrict (verb)
  • To evade decision or action, esp by making noncommittal statements (verb)
  • To guard against the risk of loss in (a bet, the paying out of a win, etc), esp by laying bets with other bookmakers (verb)
  • To protect against financial loss through future price fluctuations, as by investing in futures (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "hedge" in a sentence
  • "I readily concede that I am using the term hedge fund loosely."
  • "I use the term hedge because she is not a witch in the sense of owning a grimoire, casting spells in a cauldron or brewing potions."
  • "With the proliferation of highly regulated mutual funds, the term hedge fund today only means a fund that is not registered under the Investment Company Act -- and can thus do things the former cannot, such as leverage itself, concentrate positions, or buy illiquid securities."