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picking up

verb , present participle of pick up

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1 to acquire complete knowledge, understanding, or skill in
  • he has a knack for picking up a language in a few weeks
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4 to gradually increase in
  • the boat was just picking up speed when it was rammed by another boat
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5 to move from a lower to a higher place or position
  • pick up your feet while I vacuum in front of the sofa
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6 to take or keep under one's control by authority of law
  • police picked up the fugitive when she went out to buy food
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7 to make a place neat and orderly by removing extraneous stuff
  • I thought you said you had picked up, so why are these things still lying around the rec room?
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8 to begin again or return to after an interruption
  • after the protestors were removed from the auditorium, the speaker picked up his lecture right where he had left off
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