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fetch

1 [fech]
verb (used with object)
1.
to go and bring back; return with; get: to go up a hill to fetch a pail of water.
2.
to cause to come; bring: to fetch a doctor.
3.
to sell for or bring (a price, financial return, etc.): The horse fetched $50 more than it cost.
4.
Informal. to charm; captivate: Her beauty fetched the coldest hearts.
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.
Chiefly Nautical and British Dialect. to reach; arrive at: to fetch port.
10.
Hunting. (of a dog) to retrieve (game).
verb (used without object)
11.
to go and bring things.
12.
Chiefly Nautical. to move or maneuver.
13.
Hunting. to retrieve game (often used as a command to a dog).
14.
to go by an indirect route; circle (often followed by around or about ): We fetched around through the outer suburbs.
noun
15.
the act of fetching.
16.
the distance of fetching: a long fetch.
17.
Oceanography.
a.
an area where ocean waves are being generated by the wind.
b.
the length of such an area.
18.
the reach or stretch of a thing.
19.
a trick; dodge.
Verb phrases
20.
fetch about, Nautical. (of a sailing vessel) to come onto a new tack.
21.
fetch up,
a.
Informal. to arrive or stop.
b.
Older Use. to raise (children); bring up: She had to fetch up her younger sisters.
c.
Nautical. (of a vessel) to come to a halt, as by lowering an anchor or running aground; bring up.
Idioms
22.
fetch and carry, to perform menial tasks.

Origin:
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)

fetcher, noun


1. See bring.
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fetch1 (fɛtʃ)
 
vb
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.  (also intr) nautical to arrive at or proceed by sailing
7.  informal to attract: to be fetched by an idea
8.  (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
 
n
11.  the reach, stretch, etc, of a mechanism
12.  a trick or stratagem
13.  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]

fetch2 (fɛtʃ)
 
n
the ghost or apparition of a living person
 
[C18: of unknown origin]

fetching (ˈfɛtʃɪŋ)
 
adj
1.  attractively befitting: a fetching hat
2.  charming: a fetching personality
 
'fetchingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

fetch
O.E. feccan, apparently a variant of fetian, fatian "to fetch, bring, to marry," probably from P.Gmc. *fatojanan (cf. O.N. feta "to find one's way," O.H.G. sih faggon "to mount, climb"), related to O.E. fot "foot." Variant form fet, a derivation of the older O.E. version of the word, survived as a competitor
until 17c. Related: Fetched.

fetching
1580s, "crafty, scheming," prp. adj. from fetch. The sense of "alluring, fascinating" is by 1880.
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Example sentences
Often fetching high prices at the supermarket, they're surprisingly easy to
  grow.
The company's site baits would-be video-chatters with photos that include a
  fetching blonde.
My cats have even performed tricks such as fetching toys and jumping on command.
None of these jobs is as important or as consuming as the eight hours or so she
  spends each day fetching water.
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