\ 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)

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.

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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“Fetch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetch. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for fetch


\ 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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