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English noun: pick

1. pick (cognition) the person or thing chosen or selected


SamplesHe was my pick for mayor.


Synonymschoice, selection


Broader (hypernym)deciding, decision making


Narrower (hyponym)favorite, favourite, pleasure, way

2. pick (quantity) the quantity of a crop that is harvested


SamplesHe sent the first picking of berries to the market.
It was the biggest peach pick in years.


Synonymspicking


Broader (hypernym)output, production, yield

3. pick (group) the best people or things in a group


SamplesThe cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War.


Synonymscream


Broader (hypernym)elite, elite group

4. pick (artifact) the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving


Synonymsfilling, weft, woof


Broader (hypernym)thread, yarn


Part meronymweave


Substance meronymcloth, fabric, material, textile

5. pick (artifact) a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument


Synonymsplectron, plectrum


Broader (hypernym)device


Narrower (hyponym)guitar pick

6. pick (artifact) a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material


SamplesHe used a pick to clean the dirt out of the cracks.


Broader (hypernym)hand tool


Narrower (hyponym)ice pick, icepick, toothpick

7. pick (artifact) a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends


SamplesThey used picks and sledges to break the rocks.


Synonymspickax, pickaxe


Broader (hypernym)edge tool


Narrower (hyponym)mattock

8. pick (act) a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body


SamplesHe was called for setting an illegal pick.


Broader (hypernym)basketball play

9. pick (act) the act of choosing or selecting


SamplesYour choice of colors was unfortunate.
You can take your pick.


Synonymschoice, option, selection


Broader (hypernym)action


Narrower (hyponym)ballot, balloting, casting, coloration, colouration, conclusion, decision, determination, election, sampling, volition, vote, voting, willing


English verb: pick

1. pick (cognition) select carefully from a group


SamplesShe finally picked her successor.
He picked his way carefully.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)choose, pick out, select, take


Narrower (hyponym)hand-pick

2. pick (contact) look for and gather


SamplesPick mushrooms.
Pick flowers.


Synonymscull, pluck


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)collect, garner, gather, pull together


Narrower (hyponym)berry, mushroom

3. pick (communication) harass with constant criticism


SamplesDon't always pick on your little brother.


Synonymsblame, find fault


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)criticise, criticize, knock, pick apart

4. pick (creation) provoke


SamplesPick a fight or a quarrel.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)call forth, evoke, kick up, provoke

5. pick (change) remove in small bits


SamplesPick meat from a bone.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

6. pick (change) remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits


SamplesClean the turkey.


Synonymsclean


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)remove, take, take away, withdraw

7. pick (possession) pilfer or rob


SamplesPick pockets.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)rob

8. pick (possession) pay for something


SamplesPick up the tab.
Pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages.
Foot the bill.


Synonymsfoot


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)pay

9. pick (contact) pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion


SamplesHe plucked the strings of his mandolin.


Synonymspluck, plunk


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)draw, force, pull


Narrower (hyponym)twang

10. pick (contact) attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example


SamplesPick open the ice.


Synonymsbreak up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)pierce


Entailchop, hack

11. pick (contact) hit lightly with a picking motion


Synonymsbeak, peck


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)strike

12. pick (consumption) eat intermittently; take small bites of


SamplesHe pieced at the sandwich all morning.
She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles.


Synonymsnibble, piece


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)eat









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