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pick up

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pick up, lift up, gather upverb

    take and lift upward

  2. pick upverb

    take up by hand

    "He picked up the book and started to read"

  3. pick upverb

    give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift

    "We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway"

  4. collect, pick up, gather up, call forverb

    gather or collect

    "You can get the results on Monday"; "She picked up the children at the day care center"; "They pick up our trash twice a week"

  5. learn, hear, get word, get wind, pick up, find out, get a line, discover, seeverb

    get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

    "I learned that she has two grown-up children"; "I see that you have been promoted"

  6. pick upverb

    get in addition, as an increase

    "The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home"

  7. collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, pick up, nab, copverb

    take into custody

    "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"

  8. pick upverb

    buy casually or spontaneously

    "I picked up some food for a snack"

  9. pick up, receiveverb

    register (perceptual input)

    "pick up a signal"

  10. pick upverb

    lift out or reflect from a background

    "The scarf picks up the color of the skirt"; "His eyes picked up his smile"

  11. pick upverb

    meet someone for sexual purposes

    "he always tries to pick up girls in bars"

  12. elate, lift up, uplift, pick up, intoxicateverb

    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism

    "Music can uplift your spirits"

  13. turn around, pick upverb

    improve significantly; go from bad to good

    "Her performance in school picked up"

  14. catch, pick upverb

    perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily

    "I caught the aroma of coffee"; "He caught the allusion in her glance"; "ears open to catch every sound"; "The dog picked up the scent"; "Catch a glimpse"

  15. peck, pick upverb

    eat by pecking at, like a bird

  16. perk up, perk, percolate, pick up, gain vigorverb

    gain or regain energy

    "I picked up after a nap"


  1. pick upnoun

    An impromptu athletic game.

  2. pick upnoun

    The act of collecting and taking away something or someone, usually in a vehicle. The time the act occurs.

  3. pick upnoun

    An instance of approaching someone and engaging in romantic flirtation and courting with the intent to pursue romance, a date, or a sexual encounter. See also pick-up line, pick-up joint, pickup artist.

  4. pick upnoun

    A pickup truck.

  5. pick upnoun

    A half-volley.

  6. pick upverb

    To lift; to grasp and raise.

  7. pick upverb

    To collect an object, especially in passing.

  8. pick upverb

    To clean up; to return to an organized state.

  9. pick upverb

    To collect a passenger.

  10. pick upverb

    To collect and detain (a suspect).

  11. pick upverb

    To improve, increase or speed up.

  12. pick upverb

    To restart or resume.

  13. pick upverb

    To learn, to grasp; to begin to understand.

  14. pick upverb

    To receive (a radio signal or the like).

  15. pick upverb

    To notice, detect or discern, often used with "on".

  16. pick upverb

    To point out (a person's behaviour, habits or actions) in a critical manner.

  17. pick upverb

    To meet and seduce somebody for romantic purposes, especially in a social situation.

  18. pick upverb

    To answer a telephone. See pick up the phone.

  19. pick upverb

    To pay for.

  20. pick upverb

    To reduce the despondency of.

  21. pick upverb

    To take control (physically) of something.

  22. pick upverb

    To mark, to defend against an opposition player by following them closely.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Pick up

    An Americanism for a cold dinner composed of the fragments of the previous day’s joint. Sometimes such a one is called a “Pick-up Dinner.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pick up in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pick up in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of pick up in a Sentence

  1. Donald Trump:

    If you go to Fusion, you will see a story: About 80% of the women coming in, you know who owns Fusion? Univision! Go to Fusion and pick up the stories on rape. It's unbelievable when you look at what's going on. So all I'm doing is telling the truth.

  2. Louis Penner:

    The insidious thing about implicit racial bias is that it occurs among physicians who believe they're not racist, but patients pick up on it and (it) affects how they feel about the treatment.

  3. May Zhong:

    Until we see meaningful destocking in the tier 3 and 4 cities, then we can't expect construction activity to pick up.

  4. Patricia Arquette:

    It's not just our phones, it's the way whole corporations work with emails, our whole banking systems, airplanes have Wi-Fi, cars have Wi-Fi, coffee makers. You're going to pick up some tips [from 'CSI: Cyber'] along the way about how to be a little more careful.

  5. Phil Kemp:

    People are no longer bound by the nine-to-five, or having to physically be in an office, With a mixture of the office, home and third place, you can be there to pick up the children from school, get to that important event and cut down on commuting times.

Translations for pick up

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  • امسكArabic
  • samle, tageDanish
  • abschleppen, weitermachen, aufheben, aufnehmen, begreifen, abheben, fortfahren, fortsetzen, übernehmen, mitnehmen, sich berappeln, verstehen, wieder einsetzen, hochheben, auffangen, wahrnehmen, empfangen, abholen, sich fangen, wieder loslegen, sich erholen, kapieren, bemerken, wieder aufnehmen, abnehmenGerman
  • coger, recolectar, mejorar, captar, contestar, recogerSpanish
  • nousta, ottaa kyytiin, kasvaa, huomata, vastata, ymmärtää, oppia, iskeä, nostaa, vastaanottaa, panna merkille, poimia, jatkaa, maksaaFinnish
  • chercher, draguer, soulever, s'améliorer, noter, reprendre, capter, collecterFrench
  • pioc suas, tógIrish
  • togScottish Gaelic
  • אָסַףHebrew
  • उठानाHindi
  • sollevare, tirare su, raccogliereItalian
  • 迎えに行く, 拾い上げる, ナンパする, 拾う, 乗せるJapanese
  • 마중하다, 작업하다Korean
  • ngoratMalay
  • hente (noen)Norwegian
  • odebrać, podnosić, podrywać, podnieśćPolish
  • coletar, buscar, captar, pegar, apanharPortuguese
  • возобновить, улавливать, подбирать, забирать, уловить, подобрать, брать трубку, улучшаться, забрать, подцеплять, поднимать, взять трубку, улучшиться, подцепить, поднять, возобновлятьRussian
  • ไปรับThai
  • toplamakTurkish
  • اٹھاناUrdu
  • nhặt lênVietnamese

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