[ fech ]
/ fɛtʃ /
verb (used with object)
to go and bring back; return with; get: to go up a hill to fetch a pail of water.
to cause to come; bring: to fetch a doctor.
to sell for or bring (a price, financial return, etc.): The horse fetched $50 more than it cost.
Informal. to charm; captivate: Her beauty fetched the coldest hearts.
to take (a breath).
to utter (a sigh, groan, etc.).
to deal or deliver (a stroke, blow, etc.).
to perform or execute (a movement, step, leap, etc.).
Chiefly Nautical and British Dialect. to reach; arrive at: to fetch port.
Hunting. (of a dog) to retrieve (game).
verb (used without object)
to go and bring things.
Chiefly Nautical. to move or maneuver.
Hunting. to retrieve game (often used as a command to a dog).
to go by an indirect route; circle (often followed by around or about): We fetched around through the outer suburbs.
the act of fetching.
the distance of fetching: a long fetch.
- an area where ocean waves are being generated by the wind.
- the length of such an area.
the reach or stretch of a thing.
a trick; dodge.
fetch about, Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to come onto a new tack.
- Informal. to arrive or stop.
- Older Use. to raise (children); bring up: She had to fetch up her younger sisters.
- Nautical. (of a vessel) to come to a halt, as by lowering an anchor or running aground; bring up.
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fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks.
Origin of fetch1
before 1000; Middle English fecchen, Old English fecc(e)an, variant of fetian to fetch (compare Middle English feten, fetten, British dialect fet; akin to Old English -fat in sīthfat journey, German fassen to grasp)
Related formsfetch·er, noun
1. See bring.
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British Dictionary definitions for fetch up (1 of 3)
(intr; usually foll by at or in) informal to arrive (at) or end up (in)to fetch up in New York
(intr) nautical to stop suddenly, as from running agroundto fetch up on a rock
slang to vomit (food, etc)
(tr) British dialect to rear (children, animals, etc)
British Dictionary definitions for fetch up (2 of 3)
/ (fɛtʃ) /
verb (mainly tr)
to go after and bring back; getto fetch help
to cause to come; bring or draw forththe noise fetched him from the cellar
(also intr) to cost or sell for (a certain price)the table fetched six hundred pounds
to utter (a sigh, groan, etc)
informal to deal (a blow, slap, etc)
(also intr) nautical to arrive at or proceed by sailing
informal to attractto be fetched by an idea
(used esp as a command to dogs) to retrieve (shot game, an object thrown, etc)
rare to draw in (a breath, gasp, etc), esp with difficulty
fetch and carry to perform menial tasks or run errands
the reach, stretch, etc, of a mechanism
a trick or stratagem
the distance in the direction of the prevailing wind that air or water can travel continuously without obstruction
Word Origin for fetch
Old English feccan; related to Old Norse feta to step, Old High German sih fazzōn to climb
British Dictionary definitions for fetch up (3 of 3)
/ (fɛtʃ) /
the ghost or apparition of a living person
Word Origin for fetch
C18: of unknown origin
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