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  1. Also calledpick-up armtone arm the light balanced arm of a record player that carries the wires from the cartridge to the preamplifier
  2. an electromagnetic transducer that converts the vibrations of the steel strings of an electric guitar or other amplified instrument into electric signals
  3. another name for cartridge
  4. Also calledpick-up truck a small truck with an open body and low sides, used for light deliveries
  5. informal.
    an ability to accelerate rapidly

    this car has good pick-up

  6. informal.
    a casual acquaintance, usually one made with sexual intentions
  7. informal.
    1. a stop to collect passengers, goods, etc
    2. the people or things collected
  8. slang.
    a free ride in a motor vehicle
  9. informal.
    an improvement
  10. slang.
    a pick-me-up


  1. organized, arranged, or assembled hastily and without planning

    pick-up games

    a pick-up band


  1. tr to gather up in the hand or hands
  2. tr to acquire, obtain, or purchase casually, incidentally, etc
  3. tr to catch (a disease)

    she picked up a bad cold during the weekend

  4. intr to improve in health, condition, activity, etc

    the market began to pick up

  5. reflexive to raise (oneself) after a fall or setback
  6. tr to notice or sense

    she picked up a change in his attitude

  7. to resume where one left off; return to

    we'll pick up after lunch

    they picked up the discussion

  8. tr to learn gradually or as one goes along
  9. tr to take responsibility for paying (a bill)

    he picked up the bill for dinner

  10. informal.
    tr to reprimand

    he picked her up on her table manners

  11. tr to collect or give a lift to (passengers, hitchhikers, goods, etc)
  12. informal.
    tr to become acquainted with, esp with a view to having sexual relations
  13. informal.
    tr to arrest
  14. to increase (speed)

    the cars picked up down the straight

  15. tr to receive (electrical signals, a radio signal, sounds, etc), as for transmission or amplification
  16. pick up the pieces
    to restore a situation to normality after a crisis or collapse

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Example Sentences

What image are you hoping people who pick up this book and read it, come away with?

Couple guided Stella as she crawled and dipped her chest to pick up each magnet.

If your ears are tired of slick auto-tuned vocals, pick up this disk for an aural detox.

Why call a taxi when you can hail a Lyft to pick up visiting family and friends?

Although Korra looks at PTSD and assault with supernatural grandiosity, fans were quick to pick up on it in some forums.

We are going to send our butler to the sale to-morrow, to pick up some of that sixty-four.

The majority pick up a job when they can, but are inevitably idle and suffering two-thirds of the time.

But if they all pick up the broadcast that this is where to get a free ride home, I'll have just another sand trap here.

Isabel longed for the time when she should enter them and pick up the threads dropped from her mother's nerveless fingers.

Black Hood had spent thirty minutes of search at break-neck speed in an attempt to pick up the trail of the gray sedan again.