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fetch

play
verb \ˈfech\

Simple Definition of fetch

  • : to go after and bring back (someone or something)

  • : to be sold for (an amount of money)

Full Definition of fetch

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to go or come after and bring or take back <fetch a doctor> b :  derive, deduce

  3. 2 a :  to cause to come b :  to bring in (as a price) :  realize c :  interest, attract

  4. 3 a :  to give (a blow) by striking :  deal b chiefly dialect :  bring about, accomplish c (1) :  to take in (as a breath) :  draw (2) :  to bring forth (as a sound) :  heave <fetch a sigh>

  5. 4 a :  to reach by sailing especially against the wind or tide b :  to arrive at :  reach

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to get and bring something; specifically :  to retrieve killed game

  8. 2 :  to take a roundabout way :  circle

  9. 3 a :  to hold a course on a body of water b :  veer

fetch·er noun

Examples of fetch

  1. If you throw the ball the dog will fetch it.

  2. Hunting dogs are trained to fetch.

  3. This table should fetch quite a bit at auction.

  4. The house fetched more than we expected.



Origin of fetch

Middle English fecchen, from Old English fetian, feccan; perhaps akin to Old English fōt foot — more at foot


First Known Use: before 12th century


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fetch

noun

Definition of fetch

  1. 1 :  trick, stratagem

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of fetching

  3. 3 a :  the distance along open water or land over which the wind blows b :  the distance traversed by waves without obstruction



Circa 1530

First Known Use of fetch

circa 1530


3

fetch

noun

Definition of fetch



Origin of fetch

origin unknown


First Known Use: circa 1787



FETCH Defined for Kids

fetch

play
verb \ˈfech\

Definition of fetch

fetchedfetch·ing

  1. 1 :  to go after and bring back

  2. 2 :  to bring as a price :  sell for <The artwork will fetch a high price.>





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