\ ˈfech How to pronounce fetch (audio) \
fetched; fetching; fetches

Definition of fetch

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to go or come after and bring or take back fetch a doctor
b : derive, deduce fetch analogies from nature
2a : to cause to come one shot fetched down
b : to bring in (a price or similar return) : realize The hogs fetched a good price at the market.
c : interest, attract … he doesn't fetch the girls like William …— D. H. Lawrence
3a : to give (a blow) by striking : deal fetch him a clip on the chin
b chiefly dialectal : bring about, accomplish
c(1) : to take in : draw sat fetching her breath in dry sobs— Ngaio Marsh
(2) : to bring forth : heave fetch a sigh
4a : to reach by sailing especially against the wind or tide fetch the harbor before the storm breaks
b : to arrive at : reach fetched home after a long ride

intransitive verb

1 : to get and bring something specifically : to retrieve killed game
2 : to take a roundabout way : circle
3a : to hold a course on a body of water fetch to windward
b : veer


noun (1)

Definition of fetch (Entry 2 of 3)

2 : an act or instance of fetching
3a : the distance along open water or land over which the wind blows
b : the distance traversed by waves without obstruction


noun (2)

Definition of fetch (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from fetch


fetcher noun

Examples of fetch in a Sentence

Verb If you throw the ball the dog will fetch it. Hunting dogs are trained to fetch. This table should fetch quite a bit at auction. The house fetched more than we expected.
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First Known Use of fetch


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (1)

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1787, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fetch

Verb and Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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The first known use of fetch was before the 12th century

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“Fetch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetch. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fetch

: to go after and bring back (someone or something)
: to be sold for (an amount of money)


\ ˈfech How to pronounce fetch (audio) \
fetched; fetching

Kids Definition of fetch

1 : to go after and bring back
2 : to bring as a price : sell for The artwork will fetch a high price.


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