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Definition of 'fetch'
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The action of fetching
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" [syn: bring, get, convey, fetch] [ant: bear away, bear off, carry away, carry off, take away]
Be sold for a certain price; "The painting brought $10,000"; "The old print fetched a high price at the auction" [syn: fetch, bring in, bring]
Take away or remove; "The devil will fetch you!"
Definition of 'Fetch'
Fetch \Fetch\ (f[e^]ch; 224), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Fetched 2; p. pr. & vb. n.. Fetching.] [OE. fecchen, AS. feccan, perh. the same word as fetian; or cf. facian to wish to get, OFries. faka to prepare. [root]77. Cf. Fet, v. t.]
1. 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. [1913 Webster]
Time will run back and fetch the age of gold. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
He called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink. And as she was going to fetch it he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand. --1 Kings xvii. 11, 12. [1913 Webster]
2. To obtain as price or equivalent; to sell for. [1913 Webster]
Our native horses were held in small esteem, and fetched low prices. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]
3. To recall from a swoon; to revive; -- sometimes with to; as, to fetch a man to. [1913 Webster]
Fetching men again when they swoon. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
4. To reduce; to throw. [1913 Webster]
The sudden trip in wrestling that fetches a man to the ground. --South. [1913 Webster]
5. 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. [1913 Webster]
I'll fetch a turn about the garden. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
He fetches his blow quick and sure. --South. [1913 Webster]
6. To bring or get within reach by going; to reach; to arrive at; to attain; to reach by sailing. [1913 Webster]
Meantine flew our ships, and straight we fetched The siren's isle. --Chapman. [1913 Webster]
7. To cause to come; to bring to a particular state. [1913 Webster]
They could n't fetch the butter in the churn. --W. Barnes. [1913 Webster]
To fetch a compass (Naut.), to make a circuit; to take a circuitous route going to a place.
To fetch a pump, to make it draw water by pouring water into the top and working the handle.
To fetch headway or To fetch sternway (Naut.), to move ahead or astern.
To fetch out, to develop. "The skill of the polisher fetches out the colors [of marble]" --Addison.
To fetch up. (a) To overtake. [Obs.] "Says [the hare], I can fetch up the tortoise when I please." --L'Estrange. (b) To stop suddenly. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'Fetch'
Fetch \Fetch\, n.
1. 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. [1913 Webster]
Every little fetch of wit and criticism. --South. [1913 Webster]
2. The apparation of a living person; a wraith. [1913 Webster]
The very fetch and ghost of Mrs. Gamp. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]
3. The unobstructed region of the ocean over which the wind blows to generate waves. [RDH]
4. Hence: The length of such a region. [RDH]
Fetch candle, a light seen at night, superstitiously believed to portend a person's death. [1913 Webster]
Definition of 'fetch'
fetch \fetch\, v. i. To bring one's self; to make headway; to veer; as, to fetch about; to fetch to windward. --Totten. [1913 Webster]
To fetch away (Naut.), to break loose; to roll or slide to leeward.
To fetch and carry, to serve obsequiously, like a trained spaniel. [1913 Webster]
Synonyms of 'fetch'
accomplish, achieve, afford, amount to, appeal, approach, approach anchorage, arrive, arrive at, arrive in, art, artful dodge, artifice, attain, attain to, attract, bag of tricks, bang, bash, bat, be attractive, be received, bear down on, bear down upon, bear up for, bear up to, beckon, belt, biff, blind, blow in, bluff, bob up, bonk, bosey, bring, bring back, bring forth, bring in, call, call for, carry back, catch, chase after, check in, chicanery, chouse, clap, clip, clobber, clock in, close with, clout, clump, co-walker, coldcock, collect, come, come in, come to, come to hand, come up to, commute, compass, conclude, conspiracy, consummate, contrivance, cost, coup, course, cover ground, crack, craft, curve, curve-ball, cut, cute trick, dash, deal, deal a blow, deal with, deceit, deck, deduce, deliver, derive, design, device, dirty deal, dirty trick, discharge, dispatch, dispose of, do, do the job, do the trick, dodge, Doppelganger, double, doubleganger, draw a conclusion, draw an inference, draw forth, earn, effect, effectuate, elicit, enact, engage, etheric double, execute, expedient, extent, extract, fakement, fare, fare forth, fast deal, feint, fetch a blow, fetch and carry, fetch up at, ficelle, find, flit, flow, fulfill, gain, gambit, game, gang, gather, get, get in, get there, get to, gimmick, glean, go, go aboard, go after, go along, go alongside, go and get, go fetch, go for, go get, go to get, googly, grift, hie, hit, hit a clip, hit town, hocus-pocus, induce, infer, interest, intrigue, invite, jab, joker, juggle, jugglery, knavery, knock, knock cold, knock down, knock off, knock out, lay aboard, lay for, lay in, let have it, lie in, little game, make, make at, make for, make it, manage, maneuver, mount up to, move, move along, move on, obtain, pass, paste, perform, pick up, plot, ploy, plunk, poke, polish off, pop up, procure, produce, progress, pull in, punch, punch in, put away, put away for, put in, put into port, racket, range, reach, realize, reason, reason that, red herring, retrieve, ring in, roll, roll in, roll on, run, run after, run for, run into, run to, ruse, sail for, sashay, scheme, scurvy trick, secure, sell for, set one back, shag, shift, show up, sign in, slam, sleight, sleight of hand, sleight-of-hand trick, slog, slug, smack, smite, snap, soak, sock, span, stand for, steer toward, stratagem, strategy, stream, stretch, strike, strike at, subterfuge, succeed, summon, swat, swipe, tactic, take as proved, take care of, tantalize, tease, tempt, thump, thwack, tickle, time in, titillate, total up to, travel, trick, trickery, turn the trick, turn up, wallop, wayfare, wend, whack, wham, whet the appetite, whop, wile, wily device, work, work out, wraith, yerk, yield
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