To fetch something is to go and get it. “Go fetch!” you might shout after your dog while throwing a stick into the yard.

Fetch comes from the Old English fatian meaning “grasp.” When a dog fetches a bone, it grasps it in its mouth. You can ask your sister to fetch or grab your backpack off the table. If you sell something for a good price, you can fetch, or bring in, a decent amount of money. If you are sick of playing fetch, you might try to fetch a good price for your pooch.

Definitions of fetch
  1. verb

    go or come after and bring or take back

    “The dog
    fetched the hat”
    bring, convey, get

    bring, convey, take

    take something or somebody with oneself somewhere
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    bear away, bear off, carry away, carry off, take away

    remove from a certain place, environment, or mental or emotional state; transport into a new location or state

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    run after, pick up, and bring to the master

    go for and bring back

    bring to a destination, make a delivery

    deliver to the wrong address
    process, serve, swear out

    deliver a warrant or summons to someone
    discharge, drop, drop off, put down, set down, unload

    leave or unload

    send to an address
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    channel, channelise, channelize, transfer, transmit, transport

    send from one person or place to another

  2. verb

    take away or remove

    “The devil will
    fetch you!”
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    type of:

    bring, convey, take

    take something or somebody with oneself somewhere

  3. noun

    the action of fetching

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    something done (usually as opposed to something said)

  4. verb

    be sold for a certain price

    “The old print
    fetched a high price at the auction”
    bring, bring in

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