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pick up

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of pick up

  1. 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, learnRelated Words apprehend, comprehend, grasp, know, understand; absorb, assimilate, digest, drink (in), imbibe; ascertain, descry, detect, determine, dig up, discern, discover, examine, find out, hear, hit (on or upon), run down, scare up, search (for), see, track (down), tumble (to), unearth; major (in), study; memorizeNear Antonyms forget; misunderstand; miss, overlook; disregard, ignore, neglectAntonyms unlearn

  2. 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> Synonyms accumulate, amass, assemble, bulk (up), collect, concentrate, congregate, constellate, corral, garner, group, lump, gather, round upRelated Words ball, batch, bunch, cluster, huddle; heap, pile, stack; band, brigade, muster, raise, rally; flock, herd, hive, pack, press, swarm, throng; combine, connect, join, link, merge, pool, unite; archive, arrange, collate, compile, organize, systematize; scrape (up or together); re-collect, regather, regroupNear Antonyms break up, disband, disintegrate, dissolve, separate, sever, split (up); dismiss, sendAntonyms dispel, disperse, dissipate, scatter

  3. 3 to get possession of (something) by giving money in exchange for <could you pick up some milk at the store?> Synonyms cop [slang], buy, purchase, takeRelated 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, repurchaseNear Antonyms deal (in), market, merchandise (also merchandize), retail, sell, vend

  4. 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), gainRelated Words double (in), triple (in); accrue, accumulate, amass; excite, stimulate; enhance, enlarge, enrich, expand, extend, maximize; boost, elevate, jack (up), mount, ramp (up), step upNear Antonyms abate, decline (in), diminish (in), dip, dwindle, fall (in), lessen, taper, taper offAntonyms decrease (in), lose

  5. 5 to move from a lower to a higher place or position <pick up your feet while I vacuum in front of the sofa> Synonyms boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), raise, take up, up, uphold, uplift, upraiseRelated Words ascend, mount, rise; rear, upendNear Antonyms descend, dip, fall, pitch, plunge, slip; bear, depress, press, push; sink, submergeAntonyms drop, lower

  6. 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> Synonyms apprehend, bust [slang], collar, nab, nail, nick [British slang], arrest, pinch, pull in, restrain, run in, seizeRelated Words bag, capture, catch, get, grab, grapple, hook, land, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap; commit, confine, detain, hold, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up); bind, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; rearrest; remandNear Antonyms emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchainAntonyms discharge

  7. 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 clean, tidy (up)Related Words houseclean, housekeep; clean (off), clean (up), neaten, police (up), straighten (up), turn out, unclutter; arrange, orderNear Antonyms clutter, disarrange, mess (up)

  8. 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> Synonyms continue, resume, proceed (with), renew, reopen, restartRelated Words resuscitate, revive; recrudesceNear Antonyms complete, conclude, consummate, end, finalize, finish; belay, break, can [slang], cease, check, cut, desist, discontinue, drop, halt, knock off, leave off, quit, scuttle, shut off, stay, stop, terminate

  9. 9 to make neat <the boy's bedroom looked like it hadn't been picked up in quite a while> Synonyms neaten, redd (up or out) [chiefly dialect], spruce (up), straighten (up or out), tidy (up), trimRelated Words arrange, array, classify, codify, dispose, draw up, marshal (also marshall), order, organize, range, systematizeNear Antonyms disarrange, disarray, discompose, dishevel, disorder, disorganize, disrupt, disturb, jumble, mess (up), mix (up), muddle, muss, rumple, scramble, shuffle, tousle, tumble, upset





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