pick up
transitive verb Date: 14th century 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. to assume responsibility for guarding (an opponent) in an athletic contest intransitive verb 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
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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