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1pick

verb \ˈpik\

Definition of PICK

transitive verb
1
:  to pierce, penetrate, or break up with a pointed instrument <picked the hard clay>
2
a :  to remove bit by bit <pick meat from bones>
b :  to remove covering or adhering matter from <pick the bones>
3
a :  to gather by plucking <pick apples>
b :  choose, select <tried to pick the shortest route>
c :  to make (one's way) slowly and carefully <picked his way through the rubble>
4
a :  pilfer, rob <pick pockets>
b :  to obtain useful information from by questioning —used in such phrases as pick the brains of
5
:  provoke <pick a quarrel>
6
a :  to dig into :  probe <picking his teeth>
b :  to pluck (as a guitar) with a pick or with the fingers
c :  to loosen or pull apart with a sharp point <pick wool>
7
:  to unlock with a device (as a wire) other than the key <pick a lock>
intransitive verb
1
:  to use or work with a pick
2
:  to gather or harvest something by plucking
3
:  pilfer —used in the phrase picking and stealing
4
:  to eat sparingly or mincingly <picking listlessly at his dinner>
pick and choose
:  to select with care and deliberation
pick at
:  to criticize repeatedly especially for minor faults :  nag
pick on
:  to single out for criticism, teasing, or bullying <picked on smaller boys>; also :  to single out for a particular purpose or for special attention

Origin of PICK

Middle English piken, partly from Old English *pīcian (akin to Middle Dutch picken to prick); partly from Middle French piquer to prick — more at pike
First Known Use: 14th century

2pick

noun

Definition of PICK

1
:  a blow or stroke with a pointed instrument
2
a :  the act or privilege of choosing or selecting :  choice <take your pick>
b :  the best or choicest one <the pick of the herd>
c :  one that is picked <his pick for vice president>
3
:  the portion of a crop gathered at one time <the first pick of peaches>
4
:  a screen in basketball

First Known Use of PICK

15th century

3pick

noun

Definition of PICK

1
:  a heavy wooden-handled iron or steel tool pointed at one or both ends — compare mattock
2
a :  toothpick
b :  picklock
c :  a small thin piece (as of plastic or metal) used to pluck the strings of a stringed instrument
3
:  one of the points on the forepart of the blade of a skate used in figure skating
4
:  a comb with long widely spaced teeth used to give height to a hairstyle

Illustration of PICK

Origin of PICK

Middle English pik
First Known Use: 14th century

4pick

verb

Definition of PICK

transitive verb
1
chiefly dialect :  to throw or thrust with effort :  hurl
2
:  to throw (a shuttle) across the loom

Origin of PICK

Middle English pykken to pitch (a tent); akin to Middle English picchen to pitch
First Known Use: 1523

5pick

noun

Definition of PICK

1
dial English
a :  the act of pitching or throwing
b :  something thrown
2
a :  a throw of the shuttle
b :  a filling thread

First Known Use of PICK

1627
PICK AND CHOOSE Defined for Kids

1pick

verb \ˈpik\
pickedpick·ing

Definition of PICK for Kids

1
:  to gather one by one <Pick your own strawberries.>
2
:  to remove bit by bit <I picked the pepperoni off my pizza.>
3
:  to remove unwanted material from between or inside <He picked his teeth.>
4
:  choose 1, select <Pick a card.>
5
:  to walk along slowly and carefully <Picking our way through debris, we crossed the tracks … — Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder>
6
:  to eat sparingly or in a finicky manner <She picked at her dinner.>
7
:  to steal from <pick a pocket>
8
:  to start (a fight) with someone deliberately
9
:  to pluck with the fingers or with a pick <pick a banjo>
10
:  to unlock without a key <pick a lock>
pick·er noun
pick on
:  to single out for mean treatment
pick up
1
:  to take hold of and lift <She picked the book up.>
2
:  to clean up :  tidy <Pick up your room.>
3
:  to stop for and take along <The bus picked up passengers.>
4
:  learn 1 <Readers often pick up new words from their reading.>
5
:  to get without great effort or by chance <He picked up a bad habit.>
6
:  to get by buying <pick up a bargain>
7
:  to begin again after a temporary stop <Let's pick up our discussion tomorrow.>
8
:  to bring within range of hearing <My radio picks up foreign broadcasts.>
9
:  to gain or get back speed or strength <The wind is picking up.>

2pick

noun

Definition of PICK for Kids

1
:  a heavy tool with a wooden handle and a blade pointed at one or both ends for loosening or breaking up soil or rock
2
:  a slender pointed instrument <ice pick>
3
:  a thin piece of metal or plastic used to pluck the strings of a musical instrument
4
:  the act or opportunity of choosing <I had my pick of flavors.>
5
:  1choice 3 <Who's your pick to win?>
6
:  the best ones <the pick of the crop>

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