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- take hold of and lift or move someone or something:"I reached out and picked up a magazine" ·"picking her up, he carried her from the room"
- answer a phone call:"the phone rang and rang and nobody picked up" ·"let the machine pick it up and return the call later"
- informalpay the bill for something, especially when others have contributed to the expense:"as usual, we had to pick up the tab"
- NORTH AMERICANtidy a room or building:"finish your homework and pick up your room"
- NORTH AMERICANput something away neatly:"will you pick up all your toys?"
- golflift up one's ball, especially when conceding a hole.
- go somewhere to collect someone, typically in one's car:"will you pick the children up from school?"
- stop for someone to board a train, boat, etc.:"they were picked up by a passing ship"
- informalarrest someone:"he was picked up by the police for questioning"
- informalcasually strike up a conversation with a stranger, with the aim of having sex with them:"one night I picked up a stranger in a bar"synonyms:take up with · strike up a casual acquaintance/relationship with · make advances to
- return to a point made by someone in order to criticize it:"she picked him up on one niggling point"
- make someone feel more energetic and cheerful:"songs to pick you up and make you feel good"
- stand up again after a fall:"Emily picked herself up off the grass"
- collect something that has been left elsewhere:"Wanda came over to pick up her things"
- obtain, acquire, or learn something, especially in an informal way:"he had picked up a little Russian from his father"synonyms:find · discover · locate · come across · stumble across ·happen on · chance on · unearth · obtain · come by · come to have · get · receive · procure · secure · take/get possession of · acquire · purchase · buy · learn · get to know · acquire (a knowledge of) · acquire skill in · become competent/proficient in · master · digest · imbibe · assimilate · absorb · take in · hear · hear tell · find out · get wind of · be informed of · be told · be made aware of · be given to understand · glean · discern · become conscious/aware of · observe · notice · perceive
- catch an illness or infection:"I've picked up some kind of flu bug"
- become better; improve:"my luck's picked up"synonyms:improve · get better · recover · mend · be on the road to recovery ·rally · make a comeback · bounce back · perk up · look up · take a turn for the better · turn the/a corner · be given/take on a new lease of life · be on the mend · develop · make headway · progress · make progress · advance
- become stronger; increase:"the wind has picked up"
- detect or receive a signal or sound, especially by means of electronic apparatus:"we've picked up a distress signal" ·"the animals had picked up their scent and were following their trail"
- become aware of or sensitive to something:"she is very quick to pick up emotional atmospheres" ·"it is more likely that such a problem would be picked up by professionals" · "I failed to pick up on the humor in his remark"
- find and take a particular road or route:"they veered left and picked up the road which ran alongside the river"
- resume something:"let's pick up where we left off yesterday" ·"they picked up their friendship without the slightest difficulty" · "he picked up the story in the 1950s"
- refer to or develop a point or topic mentioned earlier:"Dawson picked up her earlier remark" ·"if I could just pick up on a question you raised earlier"
- (of an object or color) attractively accentuate the color of something else by being of a similar shade:"her earrings picked up the blue in her outfit"
- an act of collecting a person or goods, especially in a vehicle:"travel by bus from your local pickup point to your hotel" ·"curbside pickup"
- informala casual encounter with someone, with a view to having sex:"most people met through casual pickups"
- a person encountered with a view to having sex.
- a device that produces an electrical signal in response to some other kind of signal or change.
- the cartridge of a record player, carrying the stylus.
- a device on a musical instrument, particularly an electric guitar, that converts string vibrations into electrical signals for amplification.
- the reception of signals, especially interference or noise, by electrical apparatus:"this microphone helps reduce the pickup of background noise"
- musica series of introductory notes leading into the opening part of a tune.
- fishinga semicircular loop of metal for guiding the line back on to the spool as it is reeled in.
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- informal and spontaneous:"six players had started a full-court pickup basketball game"
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