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English verb: pick out

1. pick out (cognition) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives


SamplesTake any one of these cards.
Choose a good husband for your daughter.
She selected a pair of shoes from among the dozen the salesgirl had shown her.


ExamplesThey pick out him to write the letter


Synonymschoose, select, take


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


Broader (hypernym)decide, determine, make up one's mind


Narrower (hyponym)adopt, anoint, assign, cream off, cull out, define, determine, dial, draw, elect, elect, empanel, espouse, excerpt, extract, field, fix, follow, go, impanel, limit, nominate, panel, pick, pick over, plump, propose, screen, screen out, set, set apart, sieve, sieve, sieve out, sift, single out, skim off, sort, specify, specify, take out, think of, vote, vote in, winnow

2. pick out (perception) detect with the senses


SamplesThe fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards.
I can't make out the faces in this photograph.


Synonymsdiscern, distinguish, make out, recognise, recognize, spot, tell apart


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


Narrower (hyponym)discriminate, resolve


Entailcomprehend, perceive









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