pick up


pick up

verb

Definition of PICK UP

1
to acquire complete knowledge, understanding, or skill in <he has a knack for picking up a language in a few weeks>
Synonyms get, master, pick up
Antonyms unlearn
2
to bring together in one body or place <pick up all of your things because we have to be off this beach before dark>
3
to get possession of (something) by giving money in exchange for <could you pick up some milk at the store?>
Synonyms cop [slang], pick up, purchase, take
Related Words acquire, gain, garner, get, obtain, procure, secure, win; finance, pay (for), spring (for); barter (for), deal (for), dicker (over), exchange (for), haggle (for), negotiate (about), trade (for); bargain (with), chaffer (with), horse-trade (with), palter (with); bid, offer; rebuy, repurchase
Near Antonyms deal (in), market, merchandise (also merchandize), retail, sell, vend
4
to gradually increase in <the boat was just picking up speed when it was rammed by another boat>
Synonyms build up, gather, grow (in), pick up
Near Antonyms abate, decline (in), diminish (in), dip, dwindle, fall (in), lessen, taper, taper off
Antonyms decrease (in), lose
5
to move from a lower to a higher place or position <pick up your feet while I vacuum in front of the sofa>
Related Words ascend, mount, rise; rear, upend
Antonyms drop, lower
6
to take or keep under one's control by authority of law <police picked up the fugitive when she went out to buy food>
Antonyms discharge
7
to make a place neat and orderly by removing extraneous stuff <I thought you said you had picked up, so why are these things still lying around the rec room?>
Synonyms pick up, tidy (up)
Related Words houseclean, housekeep; clean (off), clean (up), neaten, police (up), straighten (up), turn out, unclutter; arrange, order
Near Antonyms clutter, disarrange, mess (up)
8
to begin again or return to after an interruption <after the protestors were removed from the auditorium, the speaker picked up his lecture right where he had left off>
Related Words resuscitate, revive; recrudesce
9
to make neat <the boy's bedroom looked like it hadn't been picked up in quite a while>
Synonyms pick up, redd (up or out) [chiefly dialect], spruce (up), straighten (up or out), tidy (up), trim

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