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pick up (verb)
transitive verb
1.
a) to take hold of and lift up
b) to gather together - collect picked up all the pieces
c) to clean up - tidy
2.
to take (passengers or freight) into a vehicle
3.
a) to acquire casually or by chance - picked up a valuable antique at an auction
b) to acquire by study or experience - learn picking up a great deal of knowledge in the process Robert Schleicher
c) to obtain especially by payment - buy picked up some groceries
d) to acquire (a player) especially from another team through a trade or by financial recompense
e) to accept for the purpose of paying - offered to pick up the tab
f) to come down with - catch picked up a cold
g) - gain earn picked up a few yards on the last play picked up her first victory
4.
a) to enter informally into conversation or companionship with (a previously unknown person) - had a brief affair with a girl he picked up in a bar
b) to take into custody - the police picked up the fugitive
5.
a) to catch sight of - perceive picked up the harbor lights
b) to come to and follow - picked up the outlaw's trail
c) to bring within range of sight or hearing - pick up distant radio signals
d) - understand catch didn't pick up the hint
6.
a) - revive
b) - increase
7.
to resume after a break - continue pick up the discussion tomorrow
8.
intransitive verb
to assume responsibility for guarding (an opponent) in an athletic contest
1.
to recover or increase speed, vigor, or activity - improve after the strike, business picked up the wind began to pick up
2.
to put things in order - was always picking up after her
3.
to pack up one's belongings - couldn't just pick up and leave
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
pick up (verb)
1.
to acquire complete knowledge, understanding, or skill in
SYNONIMS:
get, master, pick up
RELATED WORDS:
apprehend, comprehend, grasp, know, understand; absorb, assimilate, digest, drink (in), imbibe; ascertain, descry, detect, determine, dig up, discern, discover, examine, find out, hear, hit (on upon), run down, scare up, search (for), see, track (down), tumble (to), unearth; major (in), study; memorize
NEAR ANTONYMS:
forget; misunderstand; miss, overlook; disregard, ignore, neglect
unlearn
pick up (verb)
2.
to bring together in one body or place
SYNONIMS:
accumulate, amass, assemble, bulk (up), collect, concentrate, congregate, constellate, corral, garner, group, lump, pick up, round up
RELATED WORDS:
ball, batch, bunch, cluster, huddle; heap, pile, stack; band, brigade, muster, raise, rally; flock, herd, hive, pack, press, swarm, throng; combine, connect, join, link, merge, pool, unite; archive, arrange, collate, compile, organize, systematize; scrape (up together); re-collect, regather, regroup
NEAR ANTONYMS:
break up, disband, disintegrate, dissolve, separate, sever, split (up); dismiss, send
dispel, disperse, dissipate, scatter
pick up (verb)
3.
to get possession of (something) by giving money in exchange for
SYNONIMS:
cop, pick up, purchase, take
RELATED WORDS:
acquire, gain, garner, get, obtain, procure, secure, win; finance, pay (for), spring (for); barter (for), deal (for), dicker (over), exchange (for), haggle (for), negotiate (about), trade (for); bargain (with), chaffer (with), horse-trade (with), palter (with); bid, offer; rebuy, repurchase
NEAR ANTONYMS:
deal (in), market, merchandise ( merchandize), retail, sell, vend
pick up (verb)
4.
to gradually increase in
SYNONIMS:
build up, gather, grow (in), pick up
RELATED WORDS:
double (in), triple (in); accrue, accumulate, amass; excite, stimulate; enhance, enlarge, enrich, expand, extend, maximize; boost, elevate, jack (up), mount, ramp (up), step up
NEAR ANTONYMS:
abate, decline (in), diminish (in), dip, dwindle, fall (in), lessen, taper, taper off
decrease (in), lose
pick up (verb)
5.
to move from a lower to a higher place or position
SYNONIMS:
boost, crane, elevate, heave, heft, heighten, hike, hoist, jack (up), lift, perk (up), pick up, take up, up, uphold, uplift, upraise
RELATED WORDS:
ascend, mount, rise; rear, upend
NEAR ANTONYMS:
descend, dip, fall, pitch, plunge, slip; bear, depress, press, push; sink, submerge
drop, lower
pick up (verb)
6.
to take or keep under one's control by authority of law
SYNONIMS:
apprehend, bust, collar, nab, nail, nick, pick up, pinch, pull in, restrain, run in, seize
RELATED WORDS:
bag, capture, catch, get, grab, grapple, hook, land, snap (up), snare, snatch, trap; commit, confine, detain, hold, immure, imprison, incarcerate, intern, jail, jug, lock (up); bind, enchain, fetter, handcuff, manacle, shackle, trammel; rearrest; remand
NEAR ANTONYMS:
emancipate, free, liberate, loose, loosen, release, spring; unbind, unchain
discharge
pick up (verb)
7.
to make a place neat and orderly by removing extraneous stuff
SYNONIMS:
pick up, tidy (up)
RELATED WORDS:
houseclean, housekeep; clean (off), clean (up), neaten, police (up), straighten (up), turn out, unclutter; arrange, order
NEAR ANTONYMS:
clutter, disarrange, mess (up)
pick up (verb)
8.
to begin again or return to after an interruption
SYNONIMS:
continue, pick up, proceed (with), renew, reopen, restart
RELATED WORDS:
resuscitate, revive; recrudesce
NEAR ANTONYMS:
complete, conclude, consummate, end, finalize, finish; belay, break, can [], cease, check, cut, desist, discontinue, drop, halt, knock off, leave off, quit, scuttle, shut off, stay, stop, terminate
pick up (verb)
9.
to make neat
SYNONIMS:
pick up, redd (up out), spruce (up), straighten (up out), tidy (up), trim
RELATED WORDS:
arrange, array, classify, codify, dispose, draw up, marshal ( marshall), order, organize, range, systematize
NEAR ANTONYMS:
disarrange, disarray, discompose, dishevel, disorder, disorganize, disrupt, disturb, jumble, mess (up), mix (up), muddle, muss, rumple, scramble, shuffle, tousle, tumble, upset
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