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Language: Old English
Origin: fetian, feccan

fetch

1 verb
     
fetch1 S2 [transitive]
1 especially British English to go and get something or someone and bring them back:
Quick! Go and fetch a doctor.
Shannon went upstairs to fetch some blankets.
fetch somebody/something from something
Would you mind going to fetch the kids from school?
fetch somebody something/fetch something for somebody
Fetch me some coffee while you're up.
! Fetch or bring?see usage note bring
2 to be sold for a particular amount of money, especially at a public sale - used especially in news reports:
The painting is expected to fetch at least $20 million.
3

fetch and carry

to do simple and boring jobs for someone as if you were their servant:
Am I supposed to fetch and carry for him all day?
4 British English to make people react in a particular way:
This announcement fetched a huge cheer from the audience.

fetch up

phrasal verb
[always + adverb/preposition] to arrive somewhere without intending to:
I fell asleep on the train and fetched up in Glasgow.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

bring, take, get, fetch
bring means to carry something or come with someone to the place where you are or to the place where you are talking about Would you like me to bring anything to the party? She brought her Spanish friend into class.take means to carry something or go with someone to another place, away from where you are or where you are talking about Don't forget to take your umbrella. I'll take you home.get means to go to another place and come back with something or someone I went upstairs to get my jacket.In British English, you can also use fetch Will you fetch Susan from the airport?In American English, you only use fetch to talk about a dog getting something.See also bring

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