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to go, get, and bring back: My cat plays fetch.
Not to be confused with:
bring – to carry, convey, or conduct: I will bring my friend with me when I come.
take – the opposite of bring: Take me home with you.
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fetch 1

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.
3. Nautical
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.
Phrasal Verb:
fetch up
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.

[Middle English fecchen, from Old English feccean; see ped- in Indo-European roots.]

fetch′er n.

fetch 2

n. Chiefly British
1. A ghost; an apparition.
2. A doppelgänger.

[Origin unknown.]
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vb (mainly tr)
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).
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,
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.
fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks.
[before 1000; Middle English fecchen, Old English fecc(e)an]
fetch′er, n.



[1780–90; of uncertain origin]
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1. 'bring'

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?
2. 'take'

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.
3. 'fetch'

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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Past participle: fetched
Gerund: fetching

I fetch
you fetch
he/she/it fetches
we fetch
you fetch
they fetch
I fetched
you fetched
he/she/it fetched
we fetched
you fetched
they fetched
Present Continuous
I am fetching
you are fetching
he/she/it is fetching
we are fetching
you are fetching
they are fetching
Present Perfect
I have fetched
you have fetched
he/she/it has fetched
we have fetched
you have fetched
they have fetched
Past Continuous
I was fetching
you were fetching
he/she/it was fetching
we were fetching
you were fetching
they were fetching
Past Perfect
I had fetched
you had fetched
he/she/it had fetched
we had fetched
you had fetched
they had fetched
I will fetch
you will fetch
he/she/it will fetch
we will fetch
you will fetch
they will fetch
Future Perfect
I will have fetched
you will have fetched
he/she/it will have fetched
we will have fetched
you will have fetched
they will have fetched
Future Continuous
I will be fetching
you will be fetching
he/she/it will be fetching
we will be fetching
you will be fetching
they will be fetching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fetching
you have been fetching
he/she/it has been fetching
we have been fetching
you have been fetching
they have been fetching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fetching
you will have been fetching
he/she/it will have been fetching
we will have been fetching
you will have been fetching
they will have been fetching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fetching
you had been fetching
he/she/it had been fetching
we had been fetching
you had been fetching
they had been fetching
I would fetch
you would fetch
he/she/it would fetch
we would fetch
you would fetch
they would fetch
Past Conditional
I would have fetched
you would have fetched
he/she/it would have fetched
we would have fetched
you would have fetched
they would have fetched
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An apparition or doppelganger.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fetch - the action of fetching
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
Verb1.fetch - go or come after and bring or take back; "Get me those books over there, please"; "Could you bring the wine?"; "The dog fetched the hat"
retrieve - run after, pick up, and bring to the master; "train the dog to retrieve"
retrieve - go for and bring back; "retrieve the car from the parking garage"
channel, channelise, channelize, transmit, transport, transfer - send from one person or place to another; "transmit a message"
deliver - bring to a destination, make a delivery; "our local super market delivers"
bring, convey, take - take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; "Bring me the box from the other room"; "Take these letters to the boss"; "This brings me to the main point"
2.fetch - be sold for a certain price; "The painting brought $10,000"; "The old print fetched a high price at the auction"
3.fetch - take away or remove; "The devil will fetch you!"
bring, convey, take - take something or somebody with oneself somewhere; "Bring me the box from the other room"; "Take these letters to the boss"; "This brings me to the main point"
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1. bring, pick up, collect, go and get, get, carry, deliver, conduct, transport, go for, obtain, escort, convey, retrieve She fetched a towel from the bathroom.
2. sell for, make, raise, earn, realize, go for, yield, bring in The painting is expected to fetch two million pounds.
fetch up end up, reach, arrive, turn up, come, stop, land, halt, finish up We eventually fetched up at their house.
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1. To cause to come along with oneself:
2. To achieve (a certain price):
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يَجْلِبُيَذْهَب لإحْضار، يَجْلِبيَصِل سِعْرُهُ
dojítdojít propřinéstvynést
érte: érte megy és elhoz
gefa af sér, seljast áná í, sækja, koma meî
...을 가서 가지고 오다
būti parduotam už
aiziet pakaļ un atnest/atvestdot ienākumusienest
iti po kaj
-a satılmakgidip/alıp getirmekgitmekyakalamak


1. (= go and get, bring) [+ object] → traer; [+ person] → ir a buscar a
can you fetch my coat?¿me trae el abrigo?
I'll go and fetch it for youte lo voy a buscar
fetch (it)! (to dog) → ¡busca!
they're fetching the doctorhan ido (a) por el médico
please fetch the doctorllama al médico
they fetched him all that wayle hicieron venir desde tan lejos
to fetch sb back from Spainhacer que algn vuelva de España
2. (= sell for) → venderse por
how much did it fetch?¿por cuánto se vendió?
3. [+ blow, sigh] → dar
B. VI to fetch and carryir de acá para allá, trajinar
to fetch and carry for sbser el sirviente de algn
fetch in VT + ADV [+ object] → meter; [+ person] → hacer entrar
fetch out VT + ADVsacar
fetch up
A. VI + ADV (= reappear, end up) [person, object] → ir a parar (in a)
B. VT + ADV (Brit) (= vomit) → vomitar, arrojar
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[ˈfɛtʃ] vt
(= go and get) → aller chercher
Fetch the bucket → Va chercher le seau.
to fetch sth for sb, to fetch sb sth → apporter qch à qn
to fetch and carry (fig)faire la bonne
(British) (= sell for) → se vendre
His painting fetched £5000 → Son tableau s'est vendu cinq mille livres.
How much did it fetch?
BUT Ça a atteint quel prix?.
fetch up
vi (British)se retrouver
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(= bring)holen; (= collect) person, thingabholen; would you fetch a handkerchief for me or fetch me a handkerchief?kannst du mir ein Taschentuch holen (gehen)?; I’ll fetch her from the stationich hole sie vom Bahnhof ab; she fetched in the washingsie holte die Wäsche herein; he’s upstairs, I’ll fetch him downer ist oben, ich hole ihn herunter
(= bring in) £10 etc(ein)bringen
(inf) to fetch somebody a blowjdm eine langen (inf); (accidentally: with rucksack etc) → jdn erwischen (inf)
to fetch and carry for somebodybei jdm Mädchen für alles sein
(Naut) → Kurs halten; (= change course)Kurs nehmen
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[fɛtʃ] vt
a. (bring) → portare; (go and get) → andare a prendere; (doctor) → andare a chiamare
fetch it! (to dog) → prendi!
b. (sell for) → essere venduto/a per
how much did it fetch? → a or per quanto lo hai venduto?
fetch in vt + adv (object) → portare dentro; (person) → far venire
fetch out vt + adv (person) → far uscire; (object) → tirare fuori
fetch up vi + adv (Brit) → andare a finire
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(fetʃ) verb
1. to go and get (something or someone) and bring it. Fetch me some bread.
2. to be sold for (a certain price). The picture fetched $100.

see also bring.
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يَجْلِبُ dojít hente holen προσκομίζω ir a buscar noutaa rapporter donijeti andare a prendere 行って連れて来る ...을 가서 가지고 오다 halen hente przynieść buscar, pegar приносить hämta ไปเอามา yakalamak lấy 取来
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References in classic literature ?
Now the forester had an old cook, who one evening took two pails and began to fetch water, and did not go once only, but many times, out to the spring.
And stay, let somebody run to Winthrop's and fetch Dolly--she's the best woman to get.
Having a kind of pity for our second housemaid (why, you shall presently know), and seeing in Nancy's face, that she would fetch her fellow-servant in with more hard words than might be needful under the circumstances, it struck me that I had nothing particular to do, and that I might as well fetch Rosanna myself; giving her a hint to be punctual in future, which I knew she would take kindly from ME.
"Fetch them back, fetch them back!" said Count Orlov with sudden determination, looking at his watch.
As it was very dirty she began to rub it, that it might fetch a higher price.
"Well, I'm glad you've come," her mother said, as soon as the last note had passed out of her, "I want to go and fetch your father; but what's more'n that, I want to tell 'ee what have happened.
"Hey, you, Kwaque, go fetch 'm two fella bottle of beer stop 'm along icey-chestis," he commanded in his most peremptory manner.
Shall I make spirits fetch me what I please, Resolve me of all ambiguities, Perform what desperate enterprise I will?
HUNCA MUNCA left them behind the coal- box, and went to fetch a cradle.
"Fetch it, fetch it!" shouted Levin, giving Laska a shove from behind.
"I wish you would take the trouble to fetch the tin box down.
When he ultimately got past my defence, with a jumpy one which broke awkwardly from the off, I had fetched twenty-three so that he needed twenty to win, a longer hand than he had ever yet made.