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pick up

pick up - Dictionary definition and meaning for word pick up

Definition
(verb) take and lift upward
Synonyms : gather up , lift up

Definition
(verb) take up by hand
Example Sentence
  • He picked up the book and started to read

Definition
(verb) give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
Example Sentence
  • We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway

Definition
(verb) gather or collect
Synonyms : call for , collect , gather up
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
Example Sentence
  • I learned that she has two grown-up children
  • I see that you have been promoted

Definition
(verb) get in addition, as an increase
Example Sentence
  • The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home

Definition
(verb) take into custody
Synonyms : apprehend , arrest , collar , cop , nab , nail
Example Sentence
  • the police nabbed the suspected criminals

Definition
(verb) buy casually or spontaneously
Example Sentence
  • I picked up some food for a snack

Definition
(verb) register (perceptual input)
Synonyms : receive
Example Sentence
  • pick up a signal

Definition
(verb) lift out or reflect from a background
Example Sentence
  • The scarf picks up the color of the skirt
  • His eyes picked up his smile

Definition
(verb) meet someone for sexual purposes
Example Sentence
  • he always tries to pick up girls in bars

Definition
(verb) fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
Synonyms : elate , intoxicate , lift up , uplift
Example Sentence
  • Music can uplift your spirits

Definition
(verb) improve significantly; go from bad to good
Synonyms : turn around
Example Sentence
  • Her performance in school picked up

Definition
(verb) perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
Synonyms : catch
Example Sentence
  • 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

Definition
(verb) eat by pecking at, like a bird
Synonyms : peck

Definition
(verb) gain or regain energy
Synonyms : gain vigor , percolate , perk , perk up
Example Sentence
  • I picked up after a nap

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