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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fetch \Fetch\ (f[e^]ch; 224), verb (used with an object) [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}, verb (used with an object)]

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.

Time will run back and fetch the age of gold. --Milton.

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.

2. To obtain as price or equivalent; to sell for.

Our native horses were held in small esteem, and fetched low prices. --Macaulay.

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

Fetching men again when they swoon. --Bacon.

4. To reduce; to throw.

The sudden trip in wrestling that fetches a man to the ground. --South.

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.

I'll fetch a turn about the garden. --Shak.

He fetches his blow quick and sure. --South.

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

Meantine flew our ships, and straight we fetched The siren's isle. --Chapman.

7. To cause to come; to bring to a particular state.

They could n't fetch the butter in the churn. --W. Barnes.

{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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

fetching \fetching\ adjective drawing favorable attention; as, a fetching new hat.

Syn: appealing, taking, winning. [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

fetching

adjective

1: very attractive; capturing interest; "a fetching new hairstyle"; "something inexpressibly taking in his manner"; "a winning personality" [syn: {fetching}, {taking}, {winning}]


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