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noun pick·up \ˈpik-ˌəp\

Simple Definition of pickup

  • : a small truck that has an open back with low sides

  • : the act of going somewhere to get a person or thing that you will then take to another place

  • : an increase in activity

Full Definition of pickup

  1. 1 :  one that is picked up: as a :  a hitchhiker who is given a ride b :  a temporary chance acquaintance c :  a player acquired from another team

  2. 2 :  the act or process of picking up: as a :  a revival of business activity b :  acceleration c :  the act or technique of making the acquaintance of a previously unknown person especially for amorous purposes

  3. 3 :  the conversion of mechanical movements into electrical impulses in the reproduction of sound; also :  a device (as on a phonograph) for making such conversion

  4. 4 a :  the reception of sound or an image into a radio or television transmitting apparatus for conversion into electrical signals b :  a device (as a microphone or a television camera) for converting sound or the image of a scene into electrical signals

  5. 5 :  a light truck having an enclosed cab and an open body with low sides and tailgate —called also pickup truck

  6. 6 :  a pickup game <playing pickup>

Examples of pickup

  1. The fee pays for garbage pickup.

  2. The school bus was late for its afternoon pickup.

  3. The truck is scheduled to make a pickup today.


First Known Use of pickup


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adjective pick·up

Simple Definition of pickup

  • : organized informally with people who are available or nearby at the time

  • : of or relating to the act of trying to meet strangers in order to have brief sexual relationships with them

Full Definition of pickup

  1. :  utilizing or comprising local or available personnel especially without formal organization <a pickup basketball game> <a pickup band>

Examples of pickup

  1. He plays with pickup bands at nightclubs.

  2. What's the pickup scene like in this city?


First Known Use of pickup


PICKUP Defined for Kids


noun pick·up \ˈpik-ˌəp\

Definition of pickup

  1. :  a light truck with an open body and low sides

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