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Definition 1: the act of choosing or selecting - [noun denoting act]

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

  • your choice of colors was unfortunate
  • you can take your pick

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) something done (usually as opposed to something said)

"there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"

(... is a kind of pick ) the choice of actors to play particular roles in a play or movie

(... is a kind of pick ) choice and use of colors (as by an artist)

(... is a kind of pick ) (statistics) the selection of a suitable sample for study

(... is a kind of pick ) the act of making up your mind about something

"the burden of decision was his" "he drew his conclusions quickly"

(... is a kind of pick ) the act of making a choice

"followed my father of my own volition"

(... is a kind of pick ) the act of selecting someone or something; the exercise of deliberate choice

"her election of medicine as a profession"

(... is a kind of pick ) a choice that is made by counting the number of people in favor of each alternative

"there were only 17 votes in favor of the motion" "they allowed just one vote per person"

Definition 2: a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body - [noun denoting act]

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

  • he was called for setting an illegal pick

(pick is a kind of ...) a play executed by a basketball team

Definition 3: a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends - [noun denoting artifact]

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

  • they used picks and sledges to break the rocks

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) any cutting tool with a sharp cutting edge (as a chisel or knife or plane or gouge)

(... is a kind of pick ) a kind of pick that is used for digging; has a flat blade set at right angles to the handle

Definition 4: a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material - [noun denoting artifact]

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

  • he used a pick to clean the dirt out of the cracks

(pick is a kind of ...) a tool used with workers' hands

(... is a kind of pick ) pick consisting of a steel rod with a sharp point; used for breaking up blocks of ice

(... is a kind of pick ) pick consisting of a small strip of wood or plastic; used to pick food from between the teeth

Definition 5: the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving

(... is part of pick) pattern of weaving or structure of a fabric

(... is made of the substance pick) artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

"the fabric in the curtains was light and semitransparent" "woven cloth originated in Mesopotamia around 5000 BC" "she measured off enough material for a dress"

Definition 6: a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of pick ) a plectrum used to pluck a guitar

Definition 7: the person or thing chosen or selected - [noun denoting cognition]

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

  • he was my pick for mayor

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) the cognitive process of reaching a decision

"a good executive must be good at decision making"

(... is a kind of pick ) a formal expression

"he serves at the pleasure of the President"

(... is a kind of pick ) something regarded with special favor or liking

"that book is one of my favorites"

(... is a kind of pick ) doing as one pleases or chooses

"if I had my way"

Definition 8: the best people or things in a group - [noun denoting group]

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

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

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) a group or class of persons enjoying superior intellectual or social or economic status

Definition 9: the quantity of a crop that is harvested - [noun denoting quantity]

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

  • he sent the first picking of berries to the market
  • it was the biggest peach pick in years

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time)

"production was up in the second quarter"

Definition 10: remove in small bits - [verb of change]

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

  • pick meat from a bone

(pick is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

Definition 11: remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits - [verb of change]

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

  • Clean the turkey

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) remove something concrete, as by lifting, pushing, or taking off, or remove something abstract

"remove a threat" "remove a wrapper" "Remove the dirty dishes from the table" "take the gun from your pocket" "This machine withdraws heat from the environment"

Definition 12: select carefully from a group - [verb of cognition]

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

  • She finally picked her successor
  • He picked his way carefully

(pick is a kind of ...) pick out, select, or choose from a number of alternatives

"Take 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"

(... is a kind of pick ) pick personally and very carefully

"the director hand-picked his new team"

Definition 13: harass with constant criticism - [verb of communication]

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

  • Don't always pick on your little brother

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws

"The paper criticized the new movie" "Don't knock the food--it's free"

Definition 14: eat intermittently; take small bites of - [verb of consumption]

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

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

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

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

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

Definition 15: hit lightly with a picking motion - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

"The teacher struck the child" "the opponent refused to strike" "The boxer struck the attacker dead"

Definition 16: look for and gather - [verb of contact]

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

  • pick mushrooms
  • pick flowers

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) assemble or get together

"gather some stones" "pull your thoughts together"

(... is a kind of pick ) pick or gather mushrooms

"We went mushrooming in the Fall"

(... is a kind of pick ) pick or gather berries

"We went berrying in the summer"

Definition 17: attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example - [verb of contact]

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

  • Pick open the ice

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) cut or make a way through

"the knife cut through the flesh" "The path pierced the jungle" "Light pierced through the forest"

(pick implies ...) cut with a hacking tool

Definition 18: pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion - [verb of contact]

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

  • he plucked the strings of his mandolin

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) cause to move by pulling

"draw a wagon" "pull a sled"

(... is a kind of pick ) pluck (strings of an instrument)

"He twanged his bow"

Definition 19: provoke - [verb of creation]

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

  • pick a fight or a quarrel

(pick is a kind of ...) evoke or provoke to appear or occur

"Her behavior provoked a quarrel between the couple"

Definition 20: pay for something - [verb of possession]

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

  • pick up the tab
  • pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages
  • foot the bill

Synonyms for pick in the sense of this definition

(pick is a kind of ...) give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

"I paid four dollars for this sandwich" "Pay the waitress, please"

Definition 21: pilfer or rob - [verb of possession]

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

  • pick pockets

(pick is a kind of ...) take something away by force or without the consent of the owner

"The burglars robbed him of all his money"

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