fetch 1 (fĕch)
v. fetched, fetch·ing, fetch·es
1. To come or go after and take or bring back: The puppy fetched the stick that I had tossed.
a. To cause to come.
b. To bring in as a price: fetched a thousand dollars at auction.
c. To interest or attract.
a. To draw in (breath); inhale.
b. To bring forth (a sigh, for example) with obvious effort.
4. Informal To deliver (a blow) by striking; deal.
5. Nautical To arrive at; reach: fetched port after a month at sea.
a. To go after something and return with it.
b. To retrieve killed game. Used of a hunting dog.
2. To take an indirect route.
a. To hold a course.
b. To turn about; veer.
1. The act or an instance of fetching.
2. A stratagem or trick.
a. The distance over which a wind blows.
b. The distance traveled by waves with no obstruction.
1. To reach a stopping place or goal; end up: "He went down and out at the same time and fetched up on his back clear in the middle of the room" (Madison Smartt Bell).
2. To make up (lost time, for example).
3. To bring forth; produce.
4. To bring to a halt; stop.
fetch 2 (fĕch)
n. Chiefly British
1. A ghost; an apparition.
2. A doppelgänger.
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1. to go after and bring back; get: to fetch help.
2. to cause to come; bring or draw forth: the noise fetched him from the cellar.
3. (also intr) to cost or sell for (a certain price): the table fetched six hundred pounds.
4. to utter (a sigh, groan, etc)
5. informal to deal (a blow, slap, etc)
6. (Nautical Terms) (also intr) nautical to arrive at or proceed by sailing
7. informal to attract: to be fetched by an idea.
8. (Hunting) (used esp as a command to dogs) to retrieve (shot game, an object thrown, etc)
9. rare to draw in (a breath, gasp, etc), esp with difficulty
10. fetch and carry to perform menial tasks or run errands
11. (Mechanical Engineering) the reach, stretch, etc, of a mechanism
12. a trick or stratagem
13. (Physical Geography) the distance in the direction of the prevailing wind that air or water can travel continuously without obstruction
[Old English feccan; related to Old Norse feta to step, Old High German sih fazzōn to climb]
the ghost or apparition of a living person
[C18: of unknown origin]
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1. to go and bring back; return with; get: to fetch water from a well.
2. to cause to come; bring: to fetch a doctor.
3. to sell for or bring (a price, financial return, etc.): The horse fetched more money than it cost.
4. to attract; captivate.
5. to take (a breath).
6. to utter (a sigh, groan, etc.).
7. to deal or deliver (a stroke, blow, etc.).
8. to perform or execute (a movement, step, leap, etc.).
9. to reach by sailing.
10. (of a hunting dog) to retrieve (game). v.i.
11. to go and bring things.
12. Chiefly Naut. to move or maneuver.
13. to retrieve game (often used as a command to a hunting dog).
14. to go by an indirect route (often fol. by around or about).
15. fetch up, n.
a. to arrive or stop.
b. Chiefly Dial. to raise (children).
16. the act of fetching.
17. the distance of fetching: a long fetch.
18. an area where ocean waves are being generated by the wind.
19. the reach or stretch of a thing.
20. a trick; dodge. Idioms:
fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks.
[before 1000; Middle English fecchen, Old English fecc(e)an]
[1780–90; of uncertain origin]
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bring take fetch
If you bring someone or something with you when you come to a place, you have them with you.
He would have to bring Judy with him.
Please bring your calculator to every lesson.
The past tense and -ed participle of bring is brought.
My secretary brought my mail to the house.
I've brought you a present.
If you ask someone to bring you something, you are asking them to carry or move it to the place where you are.
Can you bring me some water?
If you take someone or something to a place, you carry or drive them there. The past tense form of take is took. The -ed participle is taken.
He took the children to school.
If you take someone or something with you when you go to a place, you have them with you.
She gave me some books to take home.
Don't forget to take your umbrella.
If you fetch something, you go to the place where it is and return with it.
I went and fetched another glass.
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