Adjective "hedged" definition and examples

(Hedged may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/hɛdʒ/

Definitions and examples

noun

A fence or boundary formed by closely growing bushes or shrubs.
  1. 'Tall shrubs, hedges, or vine-covered fences make a detached patio private.'
  2. 'High walls, fences, thorny hedges and bushes can all put off burglars but make sure the front of your home is visible to passers-by'
  3. 'They'll replant the hedges and grow insanely expensive vegetables for fun.'
  4. 'As I move away, the incredible house with its dazzling colours disappears again behind the hedge and the bushes, invisible to the outside world.'
  5. 'A few deciduous bushes make nice hedges, although many look best grown informally rather than sheared.'
  6. 'Unfortunately, he falls into the hedge immediately behind the fence.'
  7. 'Soon the conifer area, which alone holds 1,000 species of spruce, and the hedge and shrub area become visible.'
  8. 'For added protection from cats, locate the bath out in the open, at least 10 feet from escape cover such as a hedge or shrubs.'
  9. 'They tend to be big, bold shrubs, well adapted to use as a flowering hedge or windbreak, or for planting at the back of a flower border.'
  10. 'Similar to grass shears, only longer, this tool is useful for trimming shrubs and hedges.'
A way of protecting oneself against financial loss or other adverse circumstances.
  1. 'Diversifying your portfolio is a hedge against the down times.'
  2. 'The art market grew during the 20 years preceding the Civil War, then boomed as investors sought art as a hedge against inflation.'
  3. 'Traditionally, gold has been coveted as a safe harbor in times of distress and a hedge against inflation.'
  4. 'In his view, companies keep inventory as a hedge against poor demand forecasts and an inability to see into their supply chains.'
  5. 'Holding precious metals was always viewed as a hedge against a runup in inflation.'
  6. 'This is because gold is seen as a hedge against the US currency.'
  7. 'The savings ratio is also influenced by inflation (rising prices), because people feel a greater need to save as a hedge against higher inflation.'
  8. 'And, of course, some companies are mitigating losses through currency hedges.'
  9. 'Also, putting these extras where they show to best advantage provided a good hedge against the financial risk of building a home from scratch.'
  10. 'He also knows - and if he doesn't he should - that geographical diversity in a pension portfolio is an essential hedge against harder times at home.'
A word or phrase used to avoid overprecise commitment, for example etc., often, or sometimes.
  1. 'The presence of a hedge provides information regarding whether a student answer is right or wrong.'

verb

Surround with a hedge.
  1. 'But the further south I got in England, the more the land was fenced in and hedged off.'
  2. 'The floor area is shortly to be fenced to a height of three feet, then hedged and landscaped and when completed will be only facility of its kind in football and hopefully used for the promotion of the game in local schools.'
  3. 'Dated 10 November 1918, it shows the artist hedged in by the surrounding objects in his studio, as he stands, as though trapped, behind the back of his easel and looks across the darkness at his mirror image.'
  4. 'Are you hedged in for privacy or open for all the world to see?'
Limit or qualify (something) by conditions or exceptions.
  1. 'Moreover, the exemptions are placed on a clear statutory footing and are hedged with appropriate safeguards.'
  2. 'Even scientists optimistic about the future have hedged their predictions with warnings.'
  3. 'That, says my editor, is an unacceptable cop-out: your readers are entitled to your views, even if they are carefully hedged with all these warnings.'
  4. 'Why are you all hedging this support on constitutional reform?'
  5. 'he hedged at every new question'
  6. 'Many times throughout the article, he carefully hedged his statements.'
  7. 'Treason is a difficult one to actually get a conviction on, so I think that's why they are hedging away from that.'
  8. 'He added: ‘Perhaps you hedged on this, so as to avoid giving the directors of intelligence too much detailed information.’'
  9. 'Although Bernstein hedged a bit in the media center when asked if this time was really his last, if it was, it was a heck of a way to go out.'
  10. 'Note that we're not hedging that statement - it will happen.'
  11. 'No details were given, and Potter hedged his words carefully in a call with analysts.'
  12. 'Students hedge and apologize often to human tutors, but very rarely to computer tutors.'
  13. 'He hedged his statements in a way that suggested ignorance or cowardice.'
Protect oneself against loss on (a bet or investment) by making balancing or compensating transactions.
  1. no object 'the depth of the Treasury futures market makes it a popular place to hedge against adverse market swings'
  2. 'Private investors can reduce the risks created by a weak dollar by hedging their currency exposure.'
  3. 'Also, net non-local currency cashflows must be hedged for a 12-month period.'
  4. 'The forward market, used to hedge holdings in the currency, indicates the same.'
  5. 'And of course, we benefited from the upside in the gold price, but not as significant as one would have expected, because as you know, we are heavily hedged.'
  6. 'Currency exposure can be hedged, but it costs money - enough, in many cases, to make the trade unprofitable.'
  7. 'But you need to spread you portfolio to hedge against a fall in the stock market.'
  8. 'Not all problems are soluble, not all risks can be hedged at acceptable cost.'
  9. 'It was insulated to much of the increase as it had hedged its jet fuel requirement at lower prices and would continue to do so again this year.'
  10. 'They are a good way for conservative investors to hedge against inflation as they guarantee the face value of the investment over a set period of time and provide a small income.'
  11. 'Options are a great way to hedge against your existing positions to decrease risk.'

More definitions

1. a row of bushes or small trees planted close together, especially when forming a fence or boundary; hedgerow: small fields separated by hedges.

2. any barrier or boundary: a hedge of stones.

3. an act or means of preventing complete loss of a bet, an argument, an investment, or the like, with a partially counterbalancing or qualifying one. verb (used with object), hedged, hedging.

4. to enclose with or separate by a hedge: to hedge a garden.

5. to surround and confine a

More examples(as adjective)

"companies can be hedged against movements."

"fields can be hedged."

"positions can be hedged."

"portfolios can be hedged."

"loans can be hedged."

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Origin

(hedge)Old English hegg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch heg and German Hecke.

Phrase

hedge one's bets