pick up

Definitions of pick up
  1. verb
    take and lift upward
    synonyms: gather up, lift up
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    bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise
    raise from a lower to a higher position
  2. verb
    take up by hand
    “He picked up the book and started to read”
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    type of:
    touch
    make physical contact with, come in contact with
  3. verb
    eat by pecking at, like a bird
    synonyms: peck
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    type of:
    eat
    take in solid food
  4. verb
    take into custody
    synonyms: apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab, nail
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    type of:
    clutch, prehend, seize
    take hold of; grab
  5. verb
    give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
    “We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway”
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    type of:
    transport
    move something or somebody around; usually over long distances
  6. verb
    gather or collect
    “She picked up the children at the day care center”
    “They pick up our trash twice a week”
    synonyms: call for, collect, gather up
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    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  7. verb
    buy casually or spontaneously
    “I picked up some food for a snack”
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    type of:
    buy, purchase
    obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction
  8. verb
    meet someone for sexual purposes
    “he always tries to pick up girls in bars”
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    type of:
    get together, meet
    get together socially or for a specific purpose
  9. verb
    get in addition, as an increase
    “The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home”
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    type of:
    acquire, get
    come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  10. verb
    perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
    “The dog picked up the scent”
    synonyms: catch
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    comprehend, perceive
    become aware of through the senses
  11. verb
    get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
    synonyms: discover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, see
    find, see, witness
    perceive or be contemporaneous with
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    get the goods
    discover some bad or hidden information about
    wise up
    get wise to
    catch, trip up
    detect a blunder or misstep
    ascertain
    learn or discover with certainty
    discover, find
    make a discovery
    rake up
    bring to light
    price
    ascertain or learn the price of
    ferret, ferret out
    search and discover through persistent investigation
  12. verb
    register (perceptual input)
    pick up a signal”
    synonyms: receive
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    hear
    receive a communication from someone
    type of:
    comprehend, perceive
    become aware of through the senses
  13. verb
    improve significantly; go from bad to good
    “Her performance in school picked up
    synonyms: turn around
  14. verb
    gain or regain energy
    “I picked up after a nap”
    synonyms: gain vigor, percolate, perk, perk up
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    convalesce, recover, recuperate
    get over an illness or shock
  15. verb
    fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
    synonyms: elate, intoxicate, lift up, uplift
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    Antonyms:
    cast down, deject, demoralise, demoralize, depress, dismay, dispirit, get down
    lower someone's spirits; make downhearted
    types:
    beatify
    make blessedly happy
    puff
    make proud or conceited
    beatify, exalt, exhilarate, inebriate, thrill, tickle pink
    fill with sublime emotion
    type of:
    excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
  16. verb
    lift out or reflect from a background
    “The scarf picks up the color of the skirt”
    “His eyes picked up his smile”
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    type of:
    bring out, set off
    direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
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