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pick (verb)
transitive verb
1.
to pierce, penetrate, or break up with a pointed instrument - picked the hard clay
2.
a) to remove bit by bit - pick meat from bones
b) to remove covering or adhering matter from - pick the bones
3.
a) to gather by plucking - pick apples
b) - choose select tried to pick the shortest route
c) to make (one's way) slowly and carefully - picked his way through the rubble
4.
a) - pilfer rob pick pockets
b) to obtain useful information from by questioning - used in such phrases as pick the brains of
5.
- provoke pick a quarrel
6.
a) to dig into - probe picking his teeth
b) to pluck (as a guitar) with a pick or with the fingers
c) to loosen or pull apart with a sharp point - pick wool
7.
intransitive verb
to unlock with a device (as a wire) other than the key - pick a lock
1.
to use or work with a pick
2.
to gather or harvest something by plucking
3.
- pilfer used in the phrase picking and stealing
4.
to eat sparingly or mincingly - picking listlessly at his dinner
pick (noun)
1.
a blow or stroke with a pointed instrument
2.
a) the act or privilege of choosing or selecting - choice take your pick
b) the best or choicest one - the pick of the herd
c) one that is - picked his pick for vice president
3.
the portion of a crop gathered at one time - the first pick of peaches
4.
a screen in basketball
pick (noun)
1.
a heavy wooden-handled iron or steel tool pointed at one or both ends - compare mattock
2.
a) - toothpick
b) - picklock
c) a small thin piece (as of plastic or metal) used to pluck the strings of a stringed instrument
3.
one of the points on the forepart of the blade of a skate used in figure skating
4.
a comb with long widely spaced teeth used to give height to a hairstyle
pick (verb)
transitive verb
1.
chiefly dialect to throw or thrust with effort - hurl
2.
to throw (a shuttle) across the loom
pick (noun)
1.
dialect English
a) the act of pitching or throwing
b) something thrown
2.
a) a throw of the shuttle
b) a filling thread
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
pick (noun)
1.
a person or thing that is chosen
SYNONIMS:
bet, chosen, pick, selection
RELATED WORDS:
favorite, like, liking, preference; elective, option; appointment, designation, nomination; appointee, candidate, nominee, selectee; preselection
rejectee
pick (noun)
2.
individuals carefully selected as being the best of a class
SYNONIMS:
A-list, aristocracy, best, choice, corps d'elite, cream, crème de la crème, elect, fat, flower, illuminati, pick, pink, pride, priesthood, prime, royalty, upper crust
RELATED WORDS:
establishment, gentry, nobility, quality, society, top, top drawer, upper class; caviar ( caviare); who's who
NEAR ANTONYMS:
commoners, herd, hoi polloi, masses, millions, mob, multitude, rank and file, unwashed
pick (noun)
3.
the power, right, or opportunity to choose
SYNONIMS:
alternative, discretion, druthers, election, liberty, option, pick, preference, selection, volition, way
RELATED WORDS:
determination, free will, will; say, voice, vote; inclination, liking, partiality, penchant, predilection, proclivity, propensity, tendency; discernment, judgment ( judgement), perspicacity
NEAR ANTONYMS:
coercion, duress, force; duty, obligation; Hobson's choice
pick (noun)
4.
a hard strike with a part of the body or an instrument
SYNONIMS:
bang, bash, bat, beat, belt, biff, bop, box, buffet, bust, chop, clap, clip, clout, crack, cuff, dab, douse, fillip, hack, haymaker, hit, hook, knock, larrup, lash, lick, pelt, pick, plump, poke, pound, punch, rap, slam, slap, slug, smack, smash, sock, spank, stinger, stripe, stroke, swat, swipe, switch, thud, thump, thwack, wallop, welt, whack, wham, whop ( whap)
RELATED WORDS:
counter, counterblow, counterpunch, counterstroke; body blow, hand, kick, knee, left, one-two, rabbit punch, right, right-hander, roundhouse, shiver, sidewinder, sucker punch, swing, uppercut; cruncher, kayo, knockdown, knockout, KO; bastinado ( bastinade), battering, beating, bludgeoning, clobbering, cudgeling ( cudgelling), drubbing, hammering, lambasting, licking, pasting, pounding, pummeling ( pummelling), thrashing; flogging, walloping, whip, whipping
pick (verb)
1.
to catch or collect (a crop or natural resource) for human use
SYNONIMS:
gather, pick, reap
RELATED WORDS:
clam, fish, seal, shrimp, whale; accumulate, forage, garner; glean; cut, hay, mow; bag, capture, hunt, net, snare, trap; crop, grow, raise
NEAR ANTONYMS:
plant, seed, sow
pick (verb)
2.
to decide to accept (someone or something) from a group of possibilities
SYNONIMS:
cherry-pick, cull, elect, handpick, name, opt (for), pick, prefer, select, single (out), tag, take
RELATED WORDS:
preselect; appoint, designate, fix, mark, nominate, set, tab, tap; accept, adopt, embrace, espouse; settle (on upon)
NEAR ANTONYMS:
disapprove, negative, repudiate, spurn; discard, jettison, throw away, throw out
decline, refuse, reject, turn down
pick (verb)
3.
to bring (something volatile or intense) into being
SYNONIMS:
abet, brew, ferment, foment, instigate, pick, provoke, raise, stir (up), whip (up)
RELATED WORDS:
advance, cultivate, encourage, forward, foster, further, nourish, nurture, promote, sow, stimulate; detonate, set, set off, trigger; excite, galvanize, inflame ( enflame), inspire, motivate, rouse; activate, energize, enliven, fire, invigorate, jazz (up), liven (up), pep (up), quicken, stimulate, vitalize
NEAR ANTONYMS:
bridle, check, constrain, curb, discourage, hold, inhibit, regulate, rein (in), restrain, tame; allay, calm, quiet, settle, soothe, still, subdue, tranquilize ( tranquillize)
pick (verb)
4.
to eat reluctantly and in small bites
SYNONIMS:
peck, pick
RELATED WORDS:
graze, nosh, snack; taste
NEAR ANTONYMS:
gorge, gormandize, overeat, pig out, swill
pick (verb)
5.
to penetrate or hold (something) with a pointed object
SYNONIMS:
gore, harpoon, jab, lance, peck, pick, pierce, pink, puncture, run through, skewer, spear, spike, spit, stab, stick, transfix, transpierce
RELATED WORDS:
spindle; perforate, riddle; bayonet, dirk, gimlet, pike, poniard, prong, quill; pinprick, poke, prick, punch, thrust; cut, knife, slice
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