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pickup

noun pick·up \ ˈpik-ˌəp \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of pickup

1 :one that is picked up: such as
a :a hitchhiker who is given a ride
b :a temporary chance acquaintance
c :a player acquired from another team
2 :the act or process of picking up: such as
a :a revival of business activity
c :the act or technique of making the acquaintance of a previously unknown person especially for amorous purposes
3 :the conversion of mechanical movements into electrical impulses in the reproduction of sound; also :a device (as on an electric guitar) for making such conversion
4 a :the reception of sound or an image into a radio or television transmitting apparatus for conversion into electrical signals
b :a device (such as a microphone or a television camera) for converting sound or the image of a scene into electrical signals
5 :a light truck having an enclosed cab and an open body with low sides and tailgate called also pickup truck
6 :a pickup game
  • playing pickup

Examples of pickup in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of pickup

1848

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pickup

adjective

Definition of pickup

:utilizing or comprising local or available personnel especially without formal organization
  • a pickup basketball game
  • a pickup band

Examples of pickup in a Sentence

  1. He plays with pickup bands at nightclubs.

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

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First Known Use of pickup

1898


pick up

verb

Definition of pick up

transitive verb
1 a :to take hold of and lift up
b :to gather together :collect
  • picked up all the pieces
c :to clean up :tidy
2 :to take (passengers or freight) into a vehicle
3 a :to acquire casually or by chance
  • picked up a valuable antique at an auction
b :to acquire by study or experience :learn
  • picking up a great deal of knowledge in the process
  • —Robert Schleicher
c :to obtain especially by payment :buy
  • picked up some groceries
d :to acquire (a player) especially from another team through a trade or by financial recompense
e :to accept for the purpose of paying
  • offered to pick up the tab
f :to come down with :catch
  • picked up a cold
g :gain, earn
  • picked up a few yards on the last play
  • picked up her first victory
4 a :to enter informally into conversation or companionship with (a previously unknown person)
  • had a brief affair with a girl he picked up in a bar
b :to take into custody
  • the police picked up the fugitive
5 a :to catch sight of :perceive
  • picked up the harbor lights
b :to come to and follow
  • picked up the outlaw's trail
c :to bring within range of sight or hearing
  • pick up distant radio signals
d :understand, catch
  • didn't pick up the hint
6 a :revive
7 :to resume after a break :continue
  • pick up the discussion tomorrow
8 :to assume responsibility for guarding (an opponent) in an athletic contest
intransitive verb
1 :to recover or increase speed, vigor, or activity :improve
  • after the strike, business picked up
  • the wind began to pick up
2 :to put things in order
  • was always picking up after her
3 :to pack up one's belongings
  • couldn't just pick up and leave
pick up on
b :to become aware of :notice
2 :to adopt as one's own :take up

Examples of pick up in a Sentence

  1. he has a knack for picking up a language in a few weeks

  2. pick up all of your things because we have to be off this beach before dark

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First Known Use of pick up

14th century



PICKUP Defined for English Language Learners

pickup

noun

Definition of pickup for English Language Learners

  • : 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


pickup

adjective

Definition of pickup for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PICKUP Defined for Kids

pickup

noun pick·up \ ˈpik-ˌəp \

Definition of pickup for Students

:a light truck with an open body and low sides


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