|1.||[ verb ] take and lift upward|
|2.||[ verb ] take up by hand|
"He picked up the book and started to read"
|3.||[ verb ] (transportation) give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift|
"We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway"
|Related terms:||transport pickup|
|4.||[ verb ] gather or collect|
|Synonyms:||collect gather_up call_for|
"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"
|Related terms:||get pickup|
|5.||[ verb ] get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally|
|Synonyms:||hear learn see discover find_out get_word get_a_line get_wind|
"I learned that she has two grown-up children" "I see that you have been promoted"
|Related terms:||discover trip_up wise_up get_the_goods ascertain witness discovery discovery|
|6.||[ verb ] get in addition, as an increase|
"The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home"
|7.||[ verb ] (law,criminal law) take into custody, as of suspected criminals, by the police|
|Synonyms:||arrest nail nab collar apprehend cop|
|Related terms:||clutch seize bull apprehension apprehender|
|8.||[ verb ] of perceptual input: receive a signal, receive news, receive a verdict, etc.|
|Related terms:||perceive hear receiver|
|9.||[ verb ] buy casually or spontaneously|
"I picked up some food for a snack"
|Related terms:||buy commerce|
|10.||[ verb ] lift out or reflect from a background, as of a color|
"The scarf picks up the color of the skirt" "His eyes picked up his smile"
|11.||[ verb ] (sexuality) meet someone for sexual purposes|
"he always tries to pick up girls in bars"
|Related terms:||meet pickup|
|12.||[ verb ] fill with high spirits; fill with optimism|
|Synonyms:||elate uplift lift_up intoxicate|
"Music can uplift your spirits"
|Related terms:||depress stimulate exhilarate beatify puff elation rejoice|
|13.||[ verb ] get better|
"Her performance in school picked up"
|14.||[ verb ] (food) eat by pecking at; of birds|
|Related terms:||eat beak|
|15.||[ 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"
|16.||[ verb ] gain or regain energy|
|Synonyms:||perk_up gain_vigor percolate perk|
"I picked up after a nap"
|Related terms:||recuperate pickup|