Definition of Pick Up

  • (verb) gain or regain energy; "I picked up after a nap"
  • (verb) improve significantly; go from bad to good; "Her performance in school picked up"
  • (verb) lift out or reflect from a background; "The scarf picks up the color of the skirt"; "His eyes picked up his smile"
  • (verb) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; "I learned that she has two grown-up children"; "I see that you have been promoted"
  • (verb) eat by pecking at, like a bird
  • (verb) take up by hand; "He picked up the book and started to read"
  • (verb) take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
  • (verb) fill with high spirits; fill with optimism; "Music can uplift your spirits"
  • (verb) give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift; "We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway"
  • (verb) take and lift upward
  • (verb) register (perceptual input); "pick up a signal"
  • (verb) perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily; "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"
  • (verb) buy casually or spontaneously; "I picked up some food for a snack"
  • (verb) gather or collect; "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"
  • (verb) get in addition, as an increase; "The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home"
  • (verb) meet someone for sexual purposes; "he always tries to pick up girls in bars"

Synonyms of Pick Up


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Antonyms of Pick Up


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Homophones of Pick Up


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