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pick up

verb

1 pick up

Take and lift upward.

synonyms: gather up, lift up.

Roget 658: improve; be better, become better, get better; mend, amend.    advance etc. (progress) 282; ascend etc. 305; increase ... show more

Roget 609: offers one's choice, set before; hold out the alternative, present the alternative, offer the alternative; put to the vote.    use option, use discretion, exercise option, exercise discretion, one's option; adopt, take up, embrace, ... show more



2 pick up

Take up by hand.

3 pick up

Give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift.

4 pick up

Gather or collect:
— They pick up our trash twice a week.

synonyms: call for, collect, gather up.

5 pick up

Get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally.

synonyms: discover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, see.

Roget 480a: discover, find, determine, evolve, learn etc. 539; fix upon; pick up; find out, trace out, make out, hunt out, fish out, ... show more

Dutch: horen, leren, uitvinden, vernemen

6 pick up

Get in addition, as an increase.

7 pick up

Take into custody.

synonyms: apprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab, nail.

Dutch: begrijpen, oppakken, snappen, vatten

8 pick up

Buy casually or spontaneously.

9 pick up

Register (perceptual input):
— Pick up a signal.

synonym: receive.

Dutch: doorkrijgen, ontvangen

10 pick up

Lift out or reflect from a background.

11 pick up

Meet someone for sexual purposes.

12 pick up

Fill with high spirits; fill with optimism.

synonyms: elate, intoxicate, lift up, uplift.

Dutch: opgetogen, optillen

13 pick up

Improve significantly; go from bad to good.

synonym: turn around.

Dutch: aantrekken, bijtrekken, opleven

14 pick up

Perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily.

synonym: catch.

15 pick up

Eat by pecking at, like a bird.

synonym: peck.

Dutch: pikken

16 pick up

Gain or regain energy.

synonyms: gain vigor, percolate, perk, perk up.

Dutch: aansterken


Moby thesaurus: accumulate, acquire, advance, amass, ameliorate, amend, animate, annex, apprehend, arrest, assemble, book, boost, brace, brace up, brighten, bring, bring back, bring together, brisk ... show more.

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