pickup

noun
pick·​up | \ ˈpik-ˌəp How to pronounce pickup (audio) \

Definition of pickup

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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
4a : 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

pickup

adjective

Definition of pickup (Entry 2 of 3)

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

pick up

verb
picked up; picking up; picks up

Definition of pick up (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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
3a : 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
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 bar
b : to take into custody the police picked up the fugitive
5a : 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
6a : revive
b : increase
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
pick up on
b : to become aware of : notice
2 : to adopt as one's own : take up

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Synonyms & Antonyms for pickup

Synonyms: Verb

get, learn, master

Antonyms: Verb

unlearn

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For starters, the final prerace bib pickup is Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at the University Center. Anchorage Daily News, "The Alaska Run for Women is Saturday, and here’s how you can sign up," 6 June 2019 Cargo-tracking firm ClipperData estimates that the biggest pickup in trade flows this month is oil bound for India. Stephanie Yang, WSJ, "Venezuelan Oil Supplies Hit Five-Year High as Buyers Become Elusive," 21 Feb. 2019 Now, Ford finally has confirmed that an all-electric F-150 pickup is in the works. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Here Come the Electric Pickup Trucks," 17 Jan. 2019 Curbside pickup is another benefit that may justify the rising cost of a Prime membership for some. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Amazon launches grocery pickup at Whole Foods for Prime members," 8 Aug. 2018 Before, 2992 Ranger pickups in the U.S. had faulty shifter interlock assemblies on 10-speed automatic transmissions that let the driver move the shifter from park without the key or stepping on the brake. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Ford Recalls 260,000 More Fusion Sedans for Breaking Shifter Cables," 15 May 2019 Her win could be a crucial Democratic pickup and keep the Republican majority in the Senate narrow. Li Zhou, Vox, "Democrat Kyrsten Sinema pulls ahead in Arizona Senate race," 9 Nov. 2018 While there’s definitely room for adoption from VR gamers, the earlier version of this tech has found minimal pickup in its couple years on the market. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Qualcomm’s new Wi-Fi chips are meant to rival 5G speeds," 16 Oct. 2018 Expect a price bump for the Bison, which is now the ultimate mid-sized off-road pickup for enthusiasts. Anthony Alaniz, Popular Mechanics, "The Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison Is a Beefy Factory-Built Off-Road Adventure Truck," 6 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The company wants to focus mainly on its commercial van and pickup truck businesses on the continent, where Ford made a pretax loss of $398 million last year. Keith Naughton, Fortune, "Ford Will Shutter U.K. Engine Plant, Extending String of Closures Across Europe," 6 June 2019 Waste Management will not provide garbage, recycling or compostables pickup Thursday for customers in all of King County and most of Snohomish. Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Risk of power outages in Puget Sound after Canadian pipeline explosion cuts off natural-gas supply," 10 Oct. 2018 Last year, pickup buyers paid more than $44,000 on average for a full-size model, 61% higher than a decade earlier, according to research firm J.D. Power. Mike Colias, WSJ, "Prices of Pickup Trucks Charge Into Luxury-Car Territory," 11 Feb. 2019 Democrats are struggling for traction in a series of contests that should be prime pickup opportunities — on paper, at least. Steve Peoples, Fox News, "Overconfident? Dem optimism surges as midterms approach," 22 Sep. 2018 In our Lab's test, this GH Seal star exhibited excellent pickup of oatmeal, baking soda, orzo pasta, and sand on our bare floor — and its pickup performance on carpet was also good. Sarah Bogdan, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Robot Vacuums, According to Cleaning Experts," 21 Nov. 2018 Officials did confirm that five vehicles were involved, including three pickup trucks. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Serious crash involving 5 vehicles shuts Phoenix intersection," 13 July 2018 Tesla's forthcoming electric pickup truck will have standard four-wheel-drive and a high-tech suspension that enables a smooth ride, CEO Elon Musk promised Tuesday. Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY, "Tesla CEO Elon Musk: Electric pickup truck will have 'crazy' features," 26 June 2018 Democrats have a solid pickup opportunity in Colorado, a Clinton state whose incumbent Republican Sen. Cory Gardner has done nothing to differentiate himself from Trump and the national party. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Democrats need some 2020 Senate candidates," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her costar Laura Dern also seemed to pick up on the sheer memo, opting for a see-through blouse underneath a white blazer. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Shailene Woodley Chose a Sheer Dior Dress for the Season 2 Premiere of 'BLL'," 30 May 2019 You might even be tempted to pick up a few extra arts and crafts hobbies. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "8 Tie-Dye Leggings to Add to Your Activewear Collection ASAP," 5 May 2019 If these are not reasons enough to pick up The Female Persuasion, at least do so for Meg Wolitzer’s sharp, lucid prose. Vox Staff, Vox, "The most thought-provoking books the Vox staff read in 2018," 21 Dec. 2018 On the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Clooney noted that the twins were picking up their mom's British accent. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "George Clooney Says He Won't Be Archie Harrison's Godfather," 9 May 2019 Orders for long-lasting factory goods rose in March at the fastest clip in seven months, surpassing expectations and suggesting demand picked up after a slow start to the year. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "U.S. Durable Orders Rose 2.7% in March, Faster Than Expected," 25 Apr. 2019 Has Euron picked up the Golden Company at Cersei Lannister's request? Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Game of Thrones Just Dropped Its Official Season 8 Trailer and There's So Much to Take In," 5 Mar. 2019 When Suits got picked up, her role as paralegal Rachel Zane helped vault Meghan's star status. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "20 Facts About Meghan Markle's Life Before She Met Prince Harry," 15 Apr. 2019 Bluemel joined Killing Eve just as the show was picking up steam in the States, but hadn't yet jumped across the pond. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Killing Eve's Edward Bluemel on Playing Hugo, MI6's Resident Annoying Rich Kid," 14 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of pickup

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

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

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pickup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pickup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

English Language Learners Definition of pickup (Entry 2 of 2)

US
: 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

noun
pick·​up | \ ˈpik-ˌəp How to pronounce pickup (audio) \

Kids Definition of pickup

: a light truck with an open body and low sides

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