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verb (used with object),dodged, dodg·ing.
  1. to elude or evade by a sudden shift of position or by strategy: to dodge a blow; to dodge a question.

  2. Also hold back. Photography. (in printing) to shade (an area of a print) from exposure for a period, while exposing the remainder of the print in order to lighten or eliminate the area (sometimes followed by out).: Compare burn1 (def. 47).

verb (used without object),dodged, dodg·ing.
  1. to move aside or change position suddenly, as to avoid a blow or get behind something.

  2. to use evasive methods; prevaricate: When asked a direct question, he dodges.

  1. a quick, evasive movement, as a sudden jump away to avoid a blow or the like.

  2. an ingenious expedient or contrivance; shifty trick.

  1. Slang. a business, profession, or occupation.

Origin of dodge

First recorded in 1560–70; of obscure origin

Other words for dodge

Other words from dodge

  • outdodge, verb (used with object), out·dodged, out·dodg·ing.
  • un·dodged, adjective

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  1. Mary Elizabeth, 1831–1905, U.S. editor and author of children's books. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use dodge in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dodge


/ (dɒdʒ) /

  1. to avoid or attempt to avoid (a blow, discovery, etc), as by moving suddenly

  2. to evade (questions, etc) by cleverness or trickery

  1. (intr) bell-ringing to make a bell change places with its neighbour when sounding in successive changes

  2. (tr) photog to lighten or darken (selected areas on a print) by manipulating the light from an enlarger

  1. a plan or expedient contrived to deceive

  2. a sudden evasive or hiding movement

  1. a clever contrivance

  2. bell-ringing the act of dodging

Origin of dodge

C16: of unknown origin

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