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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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