fetch

verb
\ˈfech \
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

fetch

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

fetch

noun (2)

Definition of fetch (Entry 3 of 3)

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Other Words from fetch

Verb

fetcher noun

Synonyms for fetch

Synonyms: Verb

bring, cost, go (for), run, sell (for)

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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

Verb

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

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

Noun (1)

see fetch entry 1

Noun (2)

origin unknown

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

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fetch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of fetch

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

: to be sold for (an amount of money)

fetch

verb
\ˈfech \
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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