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pick

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verb \ˈpik\

Definition of pick

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pierce, penetrate, or break up with a pointed instrument picked the hard clay

  3. 2a :  to remove bit by bit pick meat from bonesb :  to remove covering or adhering matter from pick the bones

  4. 3a :  to gather by plucking pick applesb :  choose, select tried to pick the shortest routec :  to make (one's way) slowly and carefully picked his way through the rubble

  5. 4a :  pilfer, rob pick pocketsb :  to obtain useful information from by questioning —used in such phrases as pick the brains of

  6. 5 :  provoke pick a quarrel

  7. 6a :  to dig into :  probe picking his teethb :  to pluck (a stringed instrument, such as a guitar) with a pick or with the fingersc :  to loosen or pull apart with a sharp point pick wool

  8. 7 :  to unlock with a device (such as a wire) other than the key pick a lock

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 :  to use or work with a pick

  11. 2 :  to gather or harvest something by plucking

  12. 3 :  pilfer —used in the phrase picking and stealing

  13. 4 :  to eat sparingly or mincingly picking listlessly at his dinner

pick and choose

  1. :  to select with care and deliberation

pick at

  1. :  to criticize repeatedly especially for minor faults :  nag

pick on

  1. :  to single out for criticism, teasing, or bullying picked on smaller boys; also :  to single out for a particular purpose or for special attention

Origin and Etymology of pick

Middle English piken, partly from Old English *pīcian (akin to Middle Dutch picken to prick); partly from Middle French piquer to prick — more at pike


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pick

noun

Definition of pick

  1. 1 :  a blow or stroke with a pointed instrument

  2. 2a :  the act or privilege of choosing or selecting :  choice take your pickb :  the best or choicest one the pick of the herdc :  one that is picked his pick for vice president

  3. 3 :  the portion of a crop gathered at one time the first pick of peaches

  4. 4 :  a screen in basketball

  5. 5 football :  an intercepted forward pass :  interception … McNabb had his worst game of the year. He threw two picks, fumbled twice, got sacked seven times. — Paul Zimmerman

First Known Use of pick

15th century


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pick

noun

Definition of pick

  1. 1 :  a heavy wooden-handled iron or steel tool pointed at one or both ends — compare mattock

  2. 2a :  toothpickb :  picklockc :  a small thin piece (as of plastic or metal) used to pluck the strings of a stringed instrument

  3. 3 :  one of the points on the forepart of the blade of a skate used in figure skating

  4. 4 :  a comb with long widely spaced teeth used to give height to a hairstyle

Illustration of pick

Origin and Etymology of pick

Middle English pik


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pick

verb

Definition of pick

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 chiefly dialectal :  to throw or thrust with effort :  hurl

  3. 2 :  to throw (a shuttle) across the loom

Origin and Etymology of pick

Middle English pykken to pitch (a tent); akin to Middle English picchen to pitch


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pick

noun

Definition of pick

  1. 1 dialectal, England a :  the act of pitching or throwingb :  something thrown

  2. 2a :  a throw of the shuttleb :  a filling thread

First Known Use of pick

1627


PICK Defined for Kids

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pick

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verb \ˈpik\

Definition of pick for Students

picked

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picking

  1. 1 :  to gather one by one Pick your own strawberries.

  2. 2 :  to remove bit by bit I picked the pepperoni off my pizza.

  3. 3 :  to remove unwanted material from between or inside He picked his teeth.

  4. 4 :  choose 1, select Pick a card.

  5. 5 :  to walk along slowly and carefully Picking our way through debris, we crossed the tracks … — Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder

  6. 6 :  to eat sparingly or in a finicky manner She picked at her dinner.

  7. 7 :  to steal from pick a pocket

  8. 8 :  to start (a fight) with someone deliberately

  9. 9 :  to pluck with the fingers or with a pick pick a banjo

  10. 10 :  to unlock without a key pick a lock

picker

noun

pick on

  1. :  to single out for mean treatment

pick up

  1. 1 :  to take hold of and lift She picked the book up.

  2. 2 :  to clean up :  tidy Pick up your room.

  3. 3 :  to stop for and take along The bus picked up passengers.

  4. 4 :  learn 1 Readers often pick up new words from their reading.

  5. 5 :  to get without great effort or by chance He picked up a bad habit.

  6. 6 :  to get by buying pick up a bargain

  7. 7 :  to begin again after a temporary stop Let's pick up our discussion tomorrow.

  8. 8 :  to bring within range of hearing My radio picks up foreign broadcasts.

  9. 9 :  to gain or get back speed or strength The wind is picking up.


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pick

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noun

Definition of pick for Students

  1. 1 :  a heavy tool with a wooden handle and a blade pointed at one or both ends for loosening or breaking up soil or rock

  2. 2 :  a slender pointed instrument ice pick

  3. 3 :  a thin piece of metal or plastic used to pluck the strings of a musical instrument

  4. 4 :  the act or opportunity of choosing I had my pick of flavors.

  5. 5 :  1choice 3 Who's your pick to win?

  6. 6 :  the best ones the pick of the crop



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