verb (used with object)
- to pluck (the strings of an instrument).
- to play (a stringed instrument) by plucking with the fingers.
verb (used without object)
- a speck of dirt, hardened ink, or extra metal on set type or a plate.
- a small area removed from the surface of a coated paper by ink that adheres to the form.
- to find fault with unnecessarily or persistently; nag.
- to eat sparingly or daintily: As he was ill, he only picked at his food.
- to grasp at; touch; handle: The baby loved to pick at her mother's glasses.
- to remove by pulling or plucking off.
- to single out and shoot: The hunter picked off a duck rising from the marsh.
- Baseball. to put out (a base runner) in a pick-off play.
- Informal. to criticize or blame; tease; harass.
- to single out; choose: The professor always picks on me to translate long passages.
- to choose; designate: to pick out one's successor.
- to distinguish from that which surrounds or accompanies; recognize: to pick out a well-known face in a crowd.
- to discern (sense or meaning); discriminate.
- to play (a melody) by ear; work out note by note.
- to extract by picking.
- to lift or take up: to pick up a stone.
- to collect, especially in an orderly manner: Pick up the tools when you're finished.
- to recover (one's courage, health, etc.); regain.
- to gain by occasional opportunity; obtain casually: to pick up a livelihood.
- to learn, as by experience: I've picked up a few Japanese phrases.
- to claim: to pick up one's bags at an airport.
- to take (a person or thing) into a car or ship, etc., or along with one.
- to bring into range of reception, observation, etc.: to pick up Rome on one's radio.
- to accelerate; gain (speed).
- to put in good order; tidy: to pick up a room.
- to make progress; improve: Business is beginning to pick up.
- to catch or contract, as a disease.
- Informal. to become acquainted with informally or casually, often in hope of a sexual relationship: Let's pick up some dates tonight.
- to resume or continue after being left off: Let's pick up the discussion in our next meeting.
- Informal. to take into custody; arrest: They picked him up for vagrancy.
- Informal. to obtain; find; purchase: She picked up some nice shoes on sale.
- Slang. to steal: to pick up jewels and silver.
- to accept, as in order to pay: to pick up the check.
- become aware or cognizant of; be perceptive about; notice: to pick up on the hostess's hostility.
- to pay special attention to; keep an eye on: to pick up on a troubled student.
Words nearby pick
Idioms for pick
Origin of pick1
OTHER WORDS FROM pickpick·a·ble, adjectiveun·pick·a·ble, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pick-up
We have to do some pick-up shots here and there, but for the most part.Jeremy Renner Opens Up About Marriage, His Problems with the Media, and the Future of Hawk-Eye|Marlow Stern|September 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It begins with an elegaic image of a guy in a pick-up truck, illuminated by the setting sun.
Also included are members of the Pick-Up Artist movement, which is exactly what it sounds like.
A pick-up truck loaded with Iraqi soldiers appeared seemingly out of nowhere and Childers was hit once in the stomach.The First American Casualties of our Iraq “Adventure”|Michael Daly|March 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Young Palestinian men stood in the back of pick-up trucks to wave massive Palestinian flags.
The passage contains a plunger and acts as a pick-up device.
She was debating over her most feasible bill of fare, now that a "pick-up dinner" seemed no longer possible.Meadow Grass|Alice Brown
But, Bobby, you mustn't complain if I give you a 'pick-up meal.'A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband|Louise Bennett Weaver
Lovelace, you are not fit to be captain of a pick-up, let alone a school Colts side.The Loom of Youth|Alec Waugh
This is immediately drawn through the pick-up passage and gives the desired mixture for acceleration.
British Dictionary definitions for pick-up (1 of 4)
- a stop to collect passengers, goods, etc
- the people or things collected
verb pick up (adverb)
British Dictionary definitions for pick-up (2 of 4)
Derived forms of pickpickable, adjective
Word Origin for pick
British Dictionary definitions for pick-up (3 of 4)
Word Origin for pick
British Dictionary definitions for pick-up (4 of 4)
Word Origin for pick
Idioms and Phrases with pick-up
In addition to the idioms beginning with pick
- pick a bone with
- pick and choose
- pick apart
- pick a quarrel
- pick at
- picked over
- pick holes in
- pick off
- pick of the litter
- pick on
- pick one's way
- pick out
- pick over
- pick someone's brain
- pick to pieces
- pick up
- pick up on
- pick up the pieces
- bone to pick
- slim pickings