American English

Definition of fetch verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fetch
    he / she / it fetches
    past simple fetched
    -ing form fetching
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  1. 1[transitive] fetch somebody/something (old-fashioned) to go to where someone or something is and bring them/it back to fetch help / a doctor The inhabitants have to walk a mile to fetch water.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (of a dog) to bring back an object that someone has thrown Many dogs need to be trained to fetch. fetch something Go fetch the bone!
  3. 3[transitive] fetch something to be sold for a particular price synonym sell for The painting is expected to fetch $10,000 at auction.
  4. Idioms
    fetch and carry (for somebody) (old-fashioned)
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    to do a lot of little jobs for someone as if you were their servant Most of her day was spent fetching and carrying for her family.
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