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pick up

verb

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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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2 to bring together in one body or place
  • pick up all of your things because we have to be off this beach before dark

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3 to get possession of (something) by giving money in exchange for
  • could you pick up some milk at the store?

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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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9 to make neat
  • the boy's bedroom looked like it hadn't been picked up in quite a while

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

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“Pick up.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/pickup. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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