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English verb: pick up

1. pick up (motion) take and lift upward

Synonymsgather up, lift up

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

Broader (hypernym)bring up, elevate, get up, lift, raise

2. pick up (contact) take up by hand

SamplesHe picked up the book and started to read.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)touch

3. pick up (motion) give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift

SamplesWe picked up a hitchhiker on the highway.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)transport

4. pick up (possession) gather or collect

SamplesYou can get the results on Monday.
She picked up the children at the day care center.
They pick up our trash twice a week.

Synonymscall for, collect, gather up

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

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

5. pick up (cognition) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally

SamplesI learned that she has two grown-up children.
I see that you have been promoted.

Synonymsdiscover, find out, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, learn, see

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)ascertain, catch, discover, find, get the goods, trip up, wise up

Verb groupfind, see, witness

6. pick up (possession) get in addition, as an increase

SamplesThe candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home.

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

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

7. pick up (contact) take into custody

SamplesThe police nabbed the suspected criminals.

Synonymsapprehend, arrest, collar, cop, nab, nail

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)clutch, prehend, seize

8. pick up (possession) buy casually or spontaneously

SamplesI picked up some food for a snack.

ExamplesThe men pick up the chairs

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)buy, purchase

Domain categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilism

9. pick up (perception) register (perceptual input)

SamplesPick up a signal.

ExamplesThey pick up the information to them


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

Narrower (hyponym)hear

10. pick up (change) lift out or reflect from a background

SamplesThe scarf picks up the color of the skirt.
His eyes picked up his smile.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bring out, set off

11. pick up (social) meet someone for sexual purposes

SamplesHe always tries to pick up girls in bars.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)get together, meet

12. pick up (emotion) fill with high spirits; fill with optimism

SamplesMusic can uplift your spirits.

Synonymselate, intoxicate, lift up, uplift

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir

Narrower (hyponym)beatify, beatify, exalt, exhilarate, inebriate, puff, thrill, tickle pink

Causejoy, rejoice

Antonymscast down, deject, depress, dismay, dispirit, demoralise, demoralize, get down

13. pick up (change) improve significantly; go from bad to good

SamplesHer performance in school picked up.

Synonymsturn around

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate

14. pick up (perception) perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily

SamplesI caught the aroma of coffee.
He caught the allusion in her glance.
Ears open to catch every sound.
The dog picked up the scent.
Catch a glimpse.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)comprehend, perceive

15. pick up (consumption) eat by pecking at, like a bird


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)eat

16. pick up (body) gain or regain energy

SamplesI picked up after a nap.

Synonymsgain vigor, percolate, perk, perk up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)convalesce, recover, recuperate

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