Definition of fetch verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    fetch

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//fetʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fetʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fetch
    BrE BrE//fetʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fetʃ//
     
    he / she / it fetches
    BrE BrE//ˈfetʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfetʃɪz//
     
    past simple fetched
    BrE BrE//fetʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fetʃt//
     
    past participle fetched
    BrE BrE//fetʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//fetʃt//
     
    -ing form fetching
    BrE BrE//ˈfetʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfetʃɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1  (especially British English) to go to where somebody/something is and bring them/it back fetch somebody/something to fetch help/a doctor The inhabitants have to walk a mile to fetch water. She's gone to fetch the kids from school. fetch somebody something Could you fetch me my bag?
  2. 2fetch something to be sold for a particular price synonym sell The painting is expected to fetch $10 000 at auction.
  3. Word Origin Old English fecc(e)an, variant of fetian, probably related to fatian ‘grasp’, of Germanic origin and related to German fassen.Extra examples Could you fetch my bag for me? He fetched a couple of towels from the bathroom. He ran to fetch help. She’s gone to fetch the kids from school. The painting is expected to fetch £10 000 at auction. They have to walk over a mile to fetch water.Idioms
    fetch and carry (for somebody)
     
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    to do a lot of little jobs for somebody as if you were their servant Most of her day was spent fetching and carrying for her family.
    Phrasal Verbsfetch up
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