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"hedge" in British English

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hedgenoun [C]

uk   /hedʒ/  us   /hedʒ/

hedgeverb

uk   /hedʒ/  us   /hedʒ/
(Definition of hedge from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hedge" in American English

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hedgenoun [C]

 us   /hedʒ/
  • hedge noun [C] (BUSHES)

a line of bushes or small trees planted close together, esp. along the edge of a yard or road
  • hedge noun [C] (PROTECTION)

a means of protection, control, or limitation: She invested in foreign companies as a hedge against inflation.

hedgeverb [I/T]

 us   /hedʒ/
  • hedge verb [I/T] (LIMIT)

to limit something severely: [T] Congressmen were warned against hedging their support for the missile program.
To hedge is also to try to avoid giving an answer or taking any action: [I] Officials continued to hedge on exactly when the program would begin.
(Definition of hedge from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hedge" in Business English

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hedgenoun [C]

uk   us   /hedʒ/ FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
an investment made in order to reduce the risk of losing money on shares, bonds, etc. that you own, for example, by buying futures (= agreements to sell shares for a particular price at a date in the future) or options (= the rights to buy or sell shares for a particular price within a particular time period): These formulas are devised to tell the bank what kind of hedges to purchase to provide the best possible protection of its assets.a hedge against sth In recent years, investors have also bought gold as a hedge against US dollar weakness. inflation hedges

hedgeverb [I or T]

uk   us   /hedʒ/
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to reduce the risk of losing money on shares, bonds, etc. that you own, for example by buying futures (= agreements to sell shares for a particular price at a date in the future) or options (= the rights to buy or sell shares for a particular price within a particular time period): European airports have been attracting investors keen to hedge long-term pension liabilities. We don't tend to hedge at all - in either stock or bond funds.hedge against sth Companies can hedge against currency movements, but many choose not to.hedge risk/exposure Airbus has hedged enough of its dollar exposure that a major short-term impact is unlikely.
hedge your bets
to reduce the risk of failure or of losing money by making sure that you can choose between different possibilities: Some business leaders hedged their bets by donating money to both parties. Futures contracts allow companies in the nuclear sector to hedge their bets against price rises this year, next year or 10 years from now.
(Definition of hedge from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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