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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fetchverb

    the action of fetching

  2. bring, get, convey, fetchverb

    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"

  3. fetch, bring in, bringverb

    be sold for a certain price

    "The painting brought $10,000"; "The old print fetched a high price at the auction"

  4. fetchverb

    take away or remove

    "The devil will fetch you!"


  1. fetchnoun

    The object of fetching; the source and origin of attraction; a force, quality or propensity which is attracting eg., in a given attribute of person, place, object, principle, etc.

  2. fetchnoun

    A stratagem by which a thing is indirectly brought to pass, or by which one thing seems intended and another is done; a trick; an artifice.

  3. fetchnoun

    The apparition of a living person; a wraith; one's double (seeing it is supposed to be a sign that one is fey or fated to die)

  4. fetchverb

    To retrieve; to bear towards; to go get.

  5. fetchverb

    To bring or get within reach by going; to reach; to arrive at; to attain; to reach by sailing.

  6. fetchverb

    To bring one's self; to make headway; to veer; as, to fetch about; to fetch to windward.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Fetchnoun

    A stratagem by which any thing is indirectly performed; by which one thing seems intended and another is done; a trick; an artifice.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    An envious neighbour is easy to find,
    His cumbersome fetches are seldom behind:
    His fetch is to flatter, to get what he can;
    His purpose once gotten, a pin for thee than. Thomas Tusser, Husband.

    It is a fetch of wit;
    You laying these slight sullies on my son,
    As ’twere a thing a little soil’d i’ th’ working. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    But Sidrophel, as full of tricks
    As rota men of politicks,
    Streight cast about to over-reach
    Th’ unwary conqu’ror with a fetch. Hudibras, p. ii.

    With this fetch he laughs at the trick he hath plaid me. Edward Stillingfleet.

    The fox had a fetch in’t. Roger L'Estrange, Fab. 42.

    From these instances and fetches
    Thou mak’st of horses, clocks and watches, Quoth Mat, thou seem’st to mean
    That Alma is a mere machine. Matthew Prior.

  2. To FETCHverb

    preter. fetched;

    Etymology: feccan, fettan , Saxon.

    They have devis’d a mean
    How he her chamber-window will ascend,
    And with a corded ladder fetch her down. William Shakespeare.

    We will take men to fetch victuals for the people. Judg. xx.

    Go to the flock, and fetch me from thence two kid goats. Gen. xxvii. 9.

    The seat of empire, where the Irish come,
    And the unwilling Scotch, to fetch their doom. Edmund Waller.

    Draw forth the monsters of th’ abyss profound,
    Or fetch th’ aerial eagle to the ground. Alexander Pope, Ess. on Man.

    On, you noblest English,
    Whose blood is fetcht from fathers of war-proof. William Shakespeare, H. V.

    The conditions of weapons, and their improvements, are the fetching afar off; for that outruns the danger, as it is seen in ordnance and muskets. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    In smells we see their great and sudden effect in fetching men again, when they swoon. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    At Rome any of those arts immediately thrives, under the encouragement of the prince, as may be fetched up to its perfection in ten or a dozen years, which is the work of an age or two in other countries. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    General terms may sufficiently convey to the people what our intentions are, and yet not fetch us within the compass of the ordinance. Robert Sanderson.

    These ways, if there were any secret excellence among them, would fetch it out, and give it fair opportunities to advance itself by. John Milton, on Education.

    An human soul without education is like marble in the quarry, which shews none of its beauties ’till the skill of the polisher fetches out the colours. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    I’ll fetch a turn about the garden, pitying
    The pangs of barr’d affections; though the king
    Hath charg’d you should not speak together. William Shakespeare, Cymbel.

    When evening grey doth rise, I fetch my round
    Over the mount, and all this hollow ground. John Milton.

    To come to that place they must fetch a compass three miles on the right hand through a forest. Richard Knolles, History.

    Note a wild and wanton herd,
    Or race of youthful and unhandled colts,
    Fetching mad bounds, bellowing and neighing loud. William Shakespeare.

    The fox fetched a hundred and a hundred leaps at a delicious cluster of grapes. Roger L'Estrange.

    Talk to her of an unfortunate young lady that lost her beauty by the small-pox, she fetches a deep sigh. Addison.

    Mean time flew our ships, and streight we fetcht
    The syrens isle; a spleenless wind so stretcht
    Her wings to waft us, and so urg’d our keel. George Chapman.

    It needs not thy belief,
    If earth, industrious of herself, fetch day
    Travelling East; and with her part averse
    From the sun’s beam, meet night; her other part
    Still luminous by his ray. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. viii.

    The hare laid himself down, and took a nap; for, says he, I can fetch up the tortoise when I please. Roger L'Estrange.

    During such a state, silver in the coin will never fetch as much as the silver in bullion. John Locke.

  3. To Fetchverb

    To move with a quick return.

    Like a shifted wind unto a sail,
    It makes the course of thoughts to fetch about. William Shakespeare.


  1. fetch

    Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman (sometimes shortened as Fetch!) is an American live-action/animated television series that aired on PBS Kids Go! and is largely targeted towards middle school children. It is a reality-game show that is hosted by an animated anthropomorphic dog named Ruff Ruffman who dispenses challenges to the show's real-life contestants. The series ran for five seasons and 100 episodes from May 29, 2006, to November 4, 2010, on PBS, with 30 contestants in that time. Although a sixth season was planned, with auditions taking place in January 2010, WGBH announced on June 14, 2010, that due to lack of funding, the series would end. In June 2008, the series received its first Emmy for Best Original Song for its theme.


  1. fetch

    Fetch is a term which generally refers to the act of going after something and then bringing it back. In computing, it may refer to obtaining data from a different location, while in a dog training context, it might refer to a command where the dog retrieves a thrown object.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fetchverb

    to bear toward the person speaking, or the person or thing from whose point of view the action is contemplated; to go and bring; to get

  2. Fetchverb

    to obtain as price or equivalent; to sell for

  3. Fetchverb

    to recall from a swoon; to revive; -- sometimes with to; as, to fetch a man to

  4. Fetchverb

    to reduce; to throw

  5. Fetchverb

    to bring to accomplishment; to achieve; to make; to perform, with certain objects; as, to fetch a compass; to fetch a leap; to fetch a sigh

  6. Fetchverb

    to bring or get within reach by going; to reach; to arrive at; to attain; to reach by sailing

  7. Fetchverb

    to cause to come; to bring to a particular state

  8. fetchverb

    to bring one's self; to make headway; to veer; as, to fetch about; to fetch to windward

  9. Fetchnoun

    a stratagem by which a thing is indirectly brought to pass, or by which one thing seems intended and another is done; a trick; an artifice

  10. Fetchnoun

    the apparation of a living person; a wraith

  11. Etymology: [OE. fecchen, AS. feccan, perh. the same word as fetian; or cf. facian to wish to get, OFries. faka to prepare. 77. Cf. Fet, v. t.]


  1. Fetch

    Fetch is a full-featured GUI-based Mac OS-only FTP client made by Fetch Softworks. The latest version of Fetch is 5.6; the long-awaited version 5 was released on May 24, 2005. In addition to basic FTP functionality, Fetch includes such features as editing files without having to download them and re-upload them. In version 5.0, support for SFTP was added, and in version 5.2, FTPS was added.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fetch

    fech, v.t. to bring: to go and get: to obtain as its price: to accomplish in any way: to bring down, to cause to yield: to reach or attain.—v.i. to turn: (naut.) to arrive at.—n. the act of bringing: space carried over: a stratagem.—adj. Fetch′ing, fascinating.—Fetch and carry, to perform humble services for another; Fetch a pump, to pour water in so as to make it draw; Fetch out, to draw forth, develop; Fetch to, to revive, as from a swoon; Fetch up, to recover: to come to a sudden stop. [A.S. feccan, an altered form of fetian, to fetch; cf. Ger. fassen, to seize.]

  2. Fetch

    fech, n. the apparition, double, or wraith of a living person.—n. Fetch′-can′dle, a nocturnal light, supposed to portend a death. [Ety. unknown.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FETCH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Fetch is ranked #47706 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Fetch surname appeared 444 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Fetch.

    98.2% or 436 total occurrences were White.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fetch' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2982

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'fetch' in Verbs Frequency: #758

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fetch in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fetch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of fetch in a Sentence

  1. Anania Ncube:

    One day I attended a livestock auction where a cross-breed steer was sold for more money than a big indigenous bull which I expected to fetch more. That won me over.

  2. Stefano Caselli:

    Poste can probably fetch a multiple of 8-10 times EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation), valuing the whole group 8-10 billion euros given the positive mood on the stock market, but it's not clear what kind of discount investors will demand given that only a minority stake will be sold.

  3. Dr. Paul MacCready, Jr.:

    Your grandchildren will likely find it incredible - or even sinful - that you burned up a gallon of gasoline to fetch a pack of cigarettes

  4. George Washington:

    Money, we know, will fetch anything and command the service of any man.

  5. Groucho Marx:

    A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.

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    flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
    • A. efface
    • B. loom
    • C. abide
    • D. scarper

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