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pick

noun

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1 a person or thing that is chosen
  • that team is my pick to win the Super Bowl

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  • rejectee
2 individuals carefully selected as being the best of a class
  • the pick of the contestants will go on to the next competition

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3 the power, right, or opportunity to choose
  • you have first pick of your office mates for the softball team

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4 a hard strike with a part of the body or an instrument
  • in the days when corporal punishment was permissible, it was not uncommon for an inattentive student to get a sharp pick in the head with a blackboard pointer

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pick

verb

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1 to catch or collect (a crop or natural resource) for human use
  • pick peas and beans from the garden for dinner

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2 to decide to accept (someone or something) from a group of possibilities
  • I pick you as my partner

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3 to bring (something volatile or intense) into being
  • he seems to be trying to pick a fight

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4 to eat reluctantly and in small bites
  • still suffering from the shock of his wife's death, he could do no more than pick halfheartedly at his food

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5 to penetrate or hold (something) with a pointed object
  • continued to pick the block of ice until she was able to extract the shrimp

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

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“Pick.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pick. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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