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    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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