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Definition 1: gain or regain energy - [verb of body]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I picked up after a nap

Synonyms for pick up in the sense of this definition

(pick up is a kind of ...) get over an illness or shock

"The patient is recuperating"

Definition 2: improve significantly; go from bad to good - [verb of change]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Her performance in school picked up

Synonyms for pick up in the sense of this definition

(pick up is a kind of ...) get better

"The weather improved toward evening"

Definition 3: lift out or reflect from a background - [verb of change]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The scarf picks up the color of the skirt
  • His eyes picked up his smile

(pick up is a kind of ...) direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

"This dress accentuates your nice figure!" "I set off these words by brackets"

Definition 4: get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally - [verb of cognition]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for pick up in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of pick up ) discover some bad or hidden information about

"She got the goods on her co-worker after reading his e-mail"

(... is a kind of pick up ) get wise to

"They wised up to it"

(... is a kind of pick up ) detect a blunder or misstep

"The reporter tripped up the senator"

(... is a kind of pick up ) learn or discover with certainty

(... is a kind of pick up ) make a discovery

"She found that he had lied to her" "The story is false, so far as I can discover"

(pick up has a similar meaning as ...) perceive or be contemporaneous with

"We found Republicans winning the offices" "You'll see a lot of cheating in this school" "The 1960's saw the rebellion of the younger generation against established traditions" "I want to see results"

Definition 5: eat by pecking at, like a bird - [verb of consumption]

Synonyms for pick up in the sense of this definition

(pick up is a kind of ...) take in solid food

"She was eating a banana" "What did you eat for dinner last night?"

Definition 6: take into custody - [verb of contact]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the police nabbed the suspected criminals

Synonyms for pick up in the sense of this definition

(pick up is a kind of ...) take hold of; grab

"The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter" "She clutched her purse" "The mother seized her child by the arm" "Birds of prey often seize small mammals"

Definition 7: take up by hand - [verb of contact]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He picked up the book and started to read

(pick up is a kind of ...) make physical contact with, come in contact with

"Touch the stone for good luck" "She never touched her husband"

Definition 8: fill with high spirits; fill with optimism - [verb of emotion]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Music can uplift your spirits

Synonyms for pick up in the sense of this definition

(pick up is a kind of ...) stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

"These stories shook the community" "the civil war shook the country"

(... is a kind of pick up ) make blessedly happy

(... is a kind of pick up ) make proud or conceited

"The sudden fame puffed her ego"

(... is a kind of pick up ) fill with sublime emotion

"The children were thrilled at the prospect of going to the movies" "He was inebriated by his phenomenal success"

(pick up causes ...) feel happiness or joy

Definition 9: give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift - [verb of motion]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway

(pick up is a kind of ...) move something or somebody around; usually over long distances

Definition 10: take and lift upward - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for pick up in the sense of this definition

(pick up is a kind of ...) raise from a lower to a higher position

"Raise your hands" "Lift a load"

Definition 11: perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily - [verb of perception]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I 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

Synonyms for pick up in the sense of this definition

(pick up is a kind of ...) to become aware of through the senses

"I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"

Definition 12: register (perceptual input) - [verb of perception]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • pick up a signal

Synonyms for pick up in the sense of this definition

(pick up is a kind of ...) to become aware of through the senses

"I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon"

(... is a kind of pick up ) receive a communication from someone

"We heard nothing from our son for five years"

Definition 13: buy casually or spontaneously - [verb of possession]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I picked up some food for a snack

(pick up is a kind of ...) obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction

"The family purchased a new car" "The conglomerate acquired a new company" "She buys for the big department store"

(pick up belongs to category ...) transactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)

Definition 14: gather or collect - [verb of possession]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for pick up in the sense of this definition

(pick up is a kind of ...) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle" "They acquired a new pet" "Get your results the next day" "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

Definition 15: get in addition, as an increase - [verb of possession]

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home

(pick up is a kind of ...) come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

"She got a lot of paintings from her uncle" "They acquired a new pet" "Get your results the next day" "Get permission to take a few days off from work"

Samples where pick up or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he always tries to pick up girls in bars

(pick up is a kind of ...) get together socially or for a specific purpose

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