pick up

verb

Definition of pick up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to take hold of and lift upb :  to gather together :  collect picked up all the piecesc :  to clean up :  tidy

  3. 2 :  to take (passengers or freight) into a vehicle

  4. 3a :  to acquire casually or by chance picked up a valuable antique at an auctionb :  to acquire by study or experience :  learn picking up a great deal of knowledge in the process — Robert Schleicherc :  to obtain especially by payment :  buy picked up some groceriesd :  to acquire (a player) especially from another team through a trade or by financial recompensee :  to accept for the purpose of paying offered to pick up the tabf :  to come down with :  catch picked up a coldg :  gain, earn picked up a few yards on the last play picked up her first victory

  5. 4a :  to enter informally into conversation or companionship with (a previously unknown person) had a brief affair with a girl he picked up in a barb :  to take into custody the police picked up the fugitive

  6. 5a :  to catch sight of :  perceive picked up the harbor lightsb :  to come to and follow picked up the outlaw's trailc :  to bring within range of sight or hearing pick up distant radio signalsd :  understand, catch didn't pick up the hint

  7. 6a :  reviveb :  increase

  8. 7 :  to resume after a break :  continue pick up the discussion tomorrow

  9. 8 :  to assume responsibility for guarding (an opponent) in an athletic contest

  10. intransitive verb
  11. 1 :  to recover or increase speed, vigor, or activity :  improve after the strike, business picked up the wind began to pick up

  12. 2 :  to put things in order was always picking up after her

  13. 3 :  to pack up one's belongings couldn't just pick up and leave

pick up on

  1. 1a :  understand, appreciateb :  to become aware of :  notice

  2. 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

First Known Use of pick up

14th century



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