pickup

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noun

pick·​up ˈpik-ˌəp How to pronounce pickup (audio)
plural pickups
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
d
: the act of collecting someone or something to be carried or transported away
Is your order for pickup or delivery?
We'll call your name when your food is ready for pickup.
… please have your party call you for pickup after they have retrieved their luggage.Rebecca Turco
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
or pickup truck : a light truck having an enclosed cab and an open body with low sides and tailgate
6
: a pickup game
playing pickup

pickup

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adjective

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

pick up

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verb

picked up; picking up; picks 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 processRobert 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
b
7
: to resume after a break : continue
pick up the discussion tomorrow
8
: to assume responsibility for guarding (an opponent) in an athletic contest
9
: to provide needed support or assistance to (someone who has faltered or failed, such as a teammate who has made an error) in a collaborative effort
… Burns allowed only five hits and did not issue a walk. She also picked up her teammates after several fielding errors.John Knebels
We have faith. We don't panic. Even in all these one-run ballgames, we have trust in each other that we're going to pull it out. We pick each other up. On days we're not pitching it great, our offense gets going and vice versa.Marco Gonzales

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
Phrases
pick up on
1
b
: to become aware of : notice
2
: to adopt as one's own : take up

Examples of pickup in a Sentence

Noun The fee pays for garbage pickup. The school bus was late for its afternoon pickup. The truck is scheduled to make a pickup today. Adjective He plays with pickup bands at nightclubs. What's the pickup scene like in this city? Verb he has a knack for picking up a language in a few weeks pick up all of your things because we have to be off this beach before dark See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Ultimately, Boone lost control of the vehicle and entered the oncoming traffic lane, and collided with a black pickup truck, according to the release. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 7 Feb. 2024 The team also took the bold step of making a fully electric version of the country's best-selling vehicle, the F-150 pickup truck. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2024 In the San Bernardino County city of Yucaipa, inclement weather caused a driver to lose control of his vehicle Monday, sending the pickup truck into an embankment, submerging the vehicle, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Ivan Sandoval. Grace Toohey, Los Angeles Times, 6 Feb. 2024 On Friday, the day after the shooting, marked Miami-Dade County police cars were replaced by white pickup trucks and vans, with federal agents in plain clothes walking up and down the street, the witness told the Herald. Charles Rabin, Miami Herald, 5 Feb. 2024 The parking lot at the north location is full of huge pickup trucks with dealer badges from across Texas and Oklahoma. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 5 Feb. 2024 Ray Wright's truck is discovered Ray Wright's 2016 Ford pickup truck. Cameron Rubner, CBS News, 2 Feb. 2024 Menu highlights include biscuits, gluten-free quiche, pain perdu, lemon bars and a mimosa kit. Details: Order online by 3 p.m. on May 5 for pickup and delivery between noon and 7 p.m. on May 7. Jessica Swannie, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 As bystanders rushed to pull the driver from the wreckage, the pickup caught fire, the officer said. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Jan. 2024
Adjective
Enlarge / Americans love pickup trucks, but most pickup-truck loving Americans are not ready to go electric yet. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 7 Feb. 2024 During its 23-year run, two- and four-door Morris Minor sedans, convertibles, the Traveller (station wagon), vans and pickup trucks were made. David Krumboltz, The Mercury News, 4 Feb. 2024 The driver of a pickup truck was heading east on Seventh and struck the pedestrian at Maynard. Mara H. Gottfried, Twin Cities, 8 Jan. 2024 Fraser Police Officer Cameron Rieper raced to the scene in Macomb County late Saturday night after a pickup truck was reported to be on fire in the median of a street, FOX2 Detroit reported. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, 20 Dec. 2023 The pickup time by carrier, transit times, and estimates about how many items a warehouse can pick per shift, are conservative to ensure that promises can be kept. Steve Banker, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The driver of a pickup truck had just tried to go the wrong direction on a one-way street and then sloppily corrected, backing up onto the curb and lightly hitting the officer’s vehicle, video shows. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 Jan. 2024 Of pedestrians hit by pickup trucks, 11.9 percent were killed in the crash, rising to 12.4 percent for pedestrians struck by full-size SUVs. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 23 Jan. 2024 In southern Gaza, Israeli strikes and shelling intensified in and around the city of Khan Younis, sending Palestinian families fleeing south in pickup trucks and donkey carts loaded with possessions. Melanie Lidman, Fortune, 23 Jan. 2024
Verb
Paraclete 3, Newbury Park 2: The Spirits picked up their first win of the season. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 18 Feb. 2024 For more on Henry Louis Gates Jr., pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday, or subscribe here. Jp Mangalindan, Peoplemag, 18 Feb. 2024 Netflix picked up Spanish rights via Filmax, ViX will take Latin America and the U.S. Negotiations for Korea, Japan, France and Germany are underway. Holly Jones, Variety, 17 Feb. 2024 But anyone could pick up a Bible, call themselves a pastor and open an evangelical church. Bishop Sand, Washington Post, 17 Feb. 2024 The Lady Dragons picked up a 69-41 victory on Thursday at Midland Christian High School. Americas kept things close at first and headed into the second quarter facing a three point deficit. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 16 Feb. 2024 In a subtle but pleasant turn of events, the study picked up a shift from traditional masculinity to a more inclusive and empathetic masculinity being embraced by many. Mark Travers, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 The telescope picked up on the signature of water molecules in one of the largest craters in the moon’s southern hemisphere in 2020. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 16 Feb. 2024 Online orders can also be picked up at a dedication location at the front of the store. Howard Cohen, Miami Herald, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1898, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of pickup was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Pickup.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickup. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

pickup

1 of 2 noun
pick·​up
ˈpik-ˌəp
1
a
: an increase in activity
a pickup in business
2
: one (as a hitchhiker or chance acquaintance) that is picked up
3
a
: the changing of mechanical movements into electrical energy in the reproduction of sound
b
: a device (as on a phonograph) for making such a change
4
a
: the receiving of sound or an image into a radio or television transmitting device
b
: a device (as a microphone or a television camera) for converting sound or an image into electrical signals
5
: a light truck with an open body and low sides

called also pickup truck

pick up

2 of 2 verb
(ˈ)pik-ˈəp
1
a
: to take hold of and lift
picked the book up
b
: to gather together : collect
picked up every piece
c
: to clean up : tidy
pick up your room
2
: to take (passengers or freight) into a vehicle
3
a
: to acquire without great effort or by chance
pick up a habit
picked up a nasty cold
b
: to gain by study or experience
picked up a new language while traveling
c
: to obtain especially by buying or as a bargain
picked up the shirts on sale
d
: to form a brief or chance acquaintance with a stranger
e
: to take into custody
was picked up by the police
4
: to find and follow
picked up the outlaw's trail
5
: to bring within range of sight or hearing
a radio that picks up foreign broadcasts
6
: to gather or regain speed or strength

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