HyperDic: pick_up

English > 16 senses of the expression pick up:
VERBmotionpick up, lift up, gather uptake and lift upward
contactpick uptake up by hand
motionpick upgive a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
possessionpick up, collect, gather up, call forgather or collect
cognitionpick up, learn, hear, get word, get wind, find out, get a line, discover, seeget to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
possessionpick upget in addition, as an increase
contactpick up, collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, nab, coptake into custody
possessionpick upbuy casually or spontaneously
perceptionpick up, receiveregister (perceptual input)
changepick uplift out or reflect from a background
socialpick upmeet someone for sexual purposes
emotionpick up, elate, lift up, uplift, intoxicatefill with high spirits
changepick up, turn aroundimprove significantly
perceptionpick up, catchperceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
consumptionpick up, peckeat by pecking at, like a bird
bodypick up, perk up, perk, percolate, gain vigorgain or regain energy
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 1, motion
MeaningTake and lift upward.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody; Something ----s something
Synonymslift up, gather up
Broaderraise, lift, elevate, get up, bring upRaise from a lower to a higher position
Spanishrecoger
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 2, contact
Meaningtake up by hand.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Broadertouchmake physical contact with, come in contact with
Spanishrecoger
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 3, motion
MeaningGive a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
BroadertransportMove something or somebody around
See alsopicklook for and gather
Spanishllevar
Nounspickupthe act of taking aboard passengers or freight
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 4, possession
MeaningGather or collect.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Example "They pick up our trash twice a week"
Synonymscollect, gather up, call for
Broaderget, acquireCome into the possession of something concrete or abstract
Spanishbuscar, recoger, recopilar
Catalanpassar a buscar, recopilar
Nounspickupthe act or process of picking up or collecting from various places
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 5, cognition
MeaningGet to know or become aware of, usually accidentally.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymslearn, hear, get word, get wind, find out, get a line, discover, see
NarrowerascertainLearn or discover with certainty
discover, findmake a discovery
get the goodsDiscover some bad or hidden / hidden information about
trip up, catchdetect a blunder or misstep
wise upget wise to
See alsopicklook for and gather
Similar towitness, find, seeperceive or be contemporaneous with
Spanishaprender, averiguar, descubrir, enterarse, enterar, oír, ver
Catalanaprendre, assabentar-se, assabentar, descobrir, veure
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 6, possession
MeaningGet in addition, as an increase.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Broaderget, acquireCome into the possession of something concrete or abstract
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 7, contact
MeaningTake into custody.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Synonymscollar, nail, apprehend, arrest, nab, cop
Broaderseize, prehend, clutchtake hold of
Spanishaprehender, apresar, arrestar, atrapar, capturar, clavar, coger, detener, pillar, prender
Catalanagafar, arrestar, capturar, detenir
Nounspickupa warrant to take someone into custody
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 8, possession
Meaningbuy casually or spontaneously.
PatternSomebody ----s something
ModelThe men pick up the chairs
Categorycommerce, commercialism, mercantilismtransactions (sales and purchases) having the objective of supplying commodities (goods and services)
Broaderbuy, purchaseObtain by purchase
Nounspickupthe act or process of picking up or collecting from various places
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 9, perception
Meaningregister (perceptual input).
PatternSomething ----s something
ModelThey pick up the information to them
Example"pick up a signal"
Synonymreceive
NarrowerhearReceive a communication from someone
Broaderperceive, comprehendTo become aware of through the senses
See alsopicklook for and gather
Spanishcaptar, recibir
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 10, change
MeaningLift out or reflect from a background.
PatternSomething ----s something
Broaderbring out, set offdirect attention to, as if by means of contrast
Catalandestacar
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 11, social
Meaningmeet someone for sexual purposes.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody
Example"he always tries to pick up girls in bars"
Broadermeet, get togetherget together socially or for a specific purpose
Nounspickupa casual acquaintance
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 12, emotion
MeaningFill with high spirits; fill with optimism.
PatternSomebody ----s somebody; Something ----s somebody
Synonymselate, lift up, uplift, intoxicate
Cause torejoice, joyFeel happiness or joy
Narrowerbeatifymake blessedly happy
exhilarate, tickle pink, inebriate, thrill, exalt, beatifyFill with sublime emotion
puffmake proud or conceited
Broaderstimulate, shake, shake up, excite, stirStir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
Oppositedepress, deject, cast down, get down, dismay, dispirit, demoralize, demoraliselower someone's spirits
Spanishalborozar, embriagar, intoxicar, regocijar
Catalanembriagar, engatar, engrescar, intoxicar
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 13, change
MeaningImprove significantly; go from bad to good.
PatternSomething ----s; Somebody ----s
Synonymturn around
Broaderbetter, improve, ameliorate, meliorateGet better
Spanishmejorar
Catalanmillorar
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 14, perception
Meaningperceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymcatch
Broaderperceive, comprehendTo become aware of through the senses
See alsopicklook for and gather
Spanishcaptar, percibir
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 15, consumption
MeaningEat by pecking at, like a bird.
PatternSomething ----s something
Synonympeck
Broadereattake in solid food
Spanishpicotear
Catalanespicassar, picotejar
English > pick up: 16 senses > verb 16, body
Meaninggain or regain energy.
PatternSomebody ----s
Synonymsperk up, perk, percolate, gain vigor
Broaderrecuperate, recover, convalesceget over an illness or shock
Spanishreanimarse
Catalanreanimar-se, reviscolar-se
Nounspickupanything with restorative powers

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