hedge2 past tense and past participle hedged, present participle hedging [intransitive and transitive]
to avoid giving a direct answer to a question:
You're hedging again - have you got the money or haven't you?
'That depends on my partner,' she hedged.
to reduce your chances of failure or loss by trying several different possibilities instead of one:
It's a good idea to hedge your bets by applying to more than one college.
hedge against somethingphrasal verb
Smart managers will hedge against price increases.
be hedged inphrasal verb
to be surrounded or enclosed by something:
The building was hedged in by trees.
if you feel hedged in by something, you feel that your freedom is restricted by it