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Meaning of word pick up from English dictionary with examples, synonyms and antonyms.

pick up (verb)

Meaning : Take and lift upward.

Synonyms : gather up, lift up

Meaning : Take up by hand.

Example : He picked up the book and started to read.

Meaning : Give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift.

Example : We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway.

Meaning : Gather or collect.

Example : 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.

Synonyms : call for, collect, gather up

Meaning : Get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally.

Example : I learned that she has two grown-up children.
I see that you have been promoted.

Synonyms : discover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, see

Meaning : Get in addition, as an increase.

Example : The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home.

Meaning : Take into custody.

Example : The police nabbed the suspected criminals.

Synonyms : apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab, nail

Meaning : Buy casually or spontaneously.

Example : I picked up some food for a snack.

Meaning : Register (perceptual input).

Example : Pick up a signal.

Synonyms : receive

Meaning : Lift out or reflect from a background.

Example : The scarf picks up the color of the skirt.
His eyes picked up his smile.

Meaning : Meet someone for sexual purposes.

Example : He always tries to pick up girls in bars.

Meaning : Fill with high spirits. Fill with optimism.

Example : Music can uplift your spirits.

Synonyms : elate, intoxicate, lift up, uplift

Meaning : Improve significantly. Go from bad to good.

Example : Her performance in school picked up.

Synonyms : turn around

Meaning : Perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily.

Example : 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.

Synonyms : catch

Meaning : Eat by pecking at, like a bird.

Synonyms : peck

Meaning : Gain or regain energy.

Example : I picked up after a nap.

Synonyms : gain vigor, percolate, perk, perk up