Pick up - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpɪk ʌp|
Brit.  |pɪk ʌp|  British pronunciation of the word pick up
- take and lift upward (syn: gather up)
- take up by hand
- give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
- gather or collect (syn: collect, gather up)
- get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally (syn: discover, find out, hear, learn, see)
- get in addition, as an increase
- take into custody (syn: apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab, nail)
- buy casually or spontaneously
- register (perceptual input) (syn: receive)
- lift out or reflect from a background
- meet someone for sexual purposes
- fill with high spirits; fill with optimism (syn: elate, intoxicate, uplift)
- improve significantly; go from bad to good (syn: turn around)
- perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily (syn: catch)
- eat by pecking at, like a bird (syn: peck)
- gain or regain energy (syn: percolate, perk)

Examples

Jim dropped his pen and bent to pick it up.

They pick up our trash twice a week.

I'll pick you up at your place at five o'clock.

The shipwrecked sailors were picked up by a passing boat.

The searchers at last picked up a signal from the crashed plane.

I picked up an implication in the question.

The escaped prisoners were picked up by the police.

I'm always having to pick up the children for rude behaviour.

She's picked up flu along the way.

I know where you can pick up a good used car at a very reasonable price.

She picked up some milk on her way home.

We lost the animal's track for some time, but picked it up further ahead.

We can pick up our discussion after the break.

I'd like to pick up the point David made.

Some men go to dances just to see if they can pick up with a girl.

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