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Definition of the noun pick up

What does pick up mean as a name of something?


  1. [attributive] An impromptu athletic game.
  2. The act of obtaining something or someone (usually onto a vehicle). The time the act occurs.
  3. An instance of approaching someone and engaging in romantic flirtation and courting with the intent to pursue romance, a date, or a sexual encounter. See also 'pick-up line', 'pick-up joint', 'pickup artist'.
  4. [US] A pickup truck.
  5. [tennis] A half-volley.

Definition of the verb pick up

What does pick up mean as a doing phrase?


  1. take and lift upward
  2. take up by hand
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Carmen bought Mary a dress
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Carmen bought a dress | Carmen obtained the spare part
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Asset]Carmen bought a dress for $50
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Carmen bought a dress for Mary
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source]Carmen bought a dress from Diana | Carmen obtained the spare part from Diana
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] from [Source] at / for [Asset]FMC has bought 565,000 shares from Nortek Inc. at $23.50 a share
      [Asset - not location] [Verb] [Theme]$50 won't even buy a dress | $50 won't even purchase a dress

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): attain, book, buy, call, catch, charter, choose, conserve, find, gather, hire, lease, order, phone, pick, pluck, procure, pull, reach, rent, reserve, shoot, slaughter, vote, win.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: touch = make physical contact with, come in contact with
  3. give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: transport = move something or somebody around
  4. gather or collect
    • example: They pick up our trash twice a week
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonyms of pick up: call for / collect / gather up
    • more generic words: acquire / get = come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  5. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, how-extraction]I discovered how she did it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, that-complement clause]I discovered that it didn't make sense
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]I discovered how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-extraction]I discovered what he should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, what-infinitive clause]I discovered what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme, not sentential clause]I discovered the fleece
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] about [Theme, noun phrase with -ing]I discovered about him drinking
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source] [Theme, how-extraction]I discovered from them how she did it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source] [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]I discovered from them how to do it
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source] about [Theme, wh-complement clause]I discovered from him about whether he should kill the peasants
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source] about [Theme, wh-infinitive clause]I learned from him about what to do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source] about [Theme, what-extraction]I discovered from him about what he should do
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] from [Source] about [Theme, whether-infinitive clause]I discovered from him about whether to go
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonyms of pick up: discover / find out / get a line / get wind / get word / hear / learn / see
    • more specific terms:
  6. get in addition, as an increase
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • more generic words: acquire / get = come into the possession of something concrete or abstract
  7. take into custody
  8. buy casually or spontaneously
  9. register (perceptual input)
    • examples: pick up a signal | They pick up the information to them
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of pick up: receive
    • more generic words: comprehend / perceive = to become aware of through the senses
    • more specific word: hear = receive a communication from someone
  10. lift out or reflect from a background
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: bring out / set off = direct attention to, as if by means of contrast
  11. meet someone for sexual purposes
    • example: he always tries to pick up girls in bars
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: get together / meet = get together socially or for a specific purpose
  12. fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
  13. improve significantly; go from bad to good
  14. perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
  15. eat by pecking at, like a bird
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Cynthia ate | Cynthia drank | Cynthia nibbled | Cynthia sipped
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Cynthia ate the peach | Cynthia devoured the pizza | Cynthia drank the wine | Cynthia gobbled the pizza | Cynthia nibbled the carrot | Cynthia quaffed her mead | Cynthia sipped the drink | Cynthia swilled the beverage
      [Agent - being] [Verb] at [Patient]Cynthia ate at the peach | Cynthia nibbled at the carrot
      [Agent - being] [Verb] on [Patient]Cynthia nibbled on the carrot

      Verbs of Ingesting (with the same syntax): chew, chomp, crunch, gnaw, lick, masticate, munch, nibble, peck, pick, teethe.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonym of pick up: peck
    • more generic word: eat = take in solid food
  16. gain or regain energy

Alternative definition of the verb pick up


  1. [transitive] To lift; to grasp and raise.
  2. [transitive] To collect an object, especially in passing.
  3. [transitive or intransitive] To clean up; to return to an organized state.
  4. [transitive] To collect a passenger.
  5. [transitive] To collect and detain (a suspect).
  6. [intransitive] To improve, increase, or speed up.
  7. [intransitive] To restart or resume.
  8. [transitive] To learn, to grasp; to begin to understand.
  9. [transitive] To receive (a radio signal or the like).
  10. [transitive, and, intransitive with 'on', by extension] To notice, detect or discern, often used with "on".
  11. [transitive] To point out (a person's behaviour, habits, or actions) in a critical manner.
  12. [transitive, and, intransitive with 'on'] To meet and seduce somebody for romantic purposes, especially in a social situation.
  13. [transitive or intransitive] To answer a telephone. See pick up the phone.
  14. To pay for.
  15. To reduce the despondency of.
  16. To take control (physically) of something.
  17. [soccer] To mark, to defend against an opposition player by following them closely.
  18. rfdef, lang=en

Specialised definition of the verb pick up

Glossary of sports / golf

to take up the ball before holing out. In stroke play, picking up incurs disqualification. In match play, it concedes the hole to the opponent


Pick Up a.k.a. PICK-UP is a Ukrainian alternative rock band from Kiev, in existence since 2005. Members of the group are Kostya Leontovich, Michael Orlov, Sergiy Doronin. The group has developed a so-called "PICK-UP Sound" — a combination of many musical styles, heavy guitar sound and drive, decorated with beautiful electronic improvisations. In their songs the band raises themes of love, relationships, emotions, beliefs, and social problems. Title PICK-UP is not just a combination of words, but the idea that their songs can lift the spirit of the people.


  1. "Pick Up" is the second full-length album from Amsterdam-based artist Solex. It was released as follow-up to Solex Vs. the Hitmeister on 14 September 1999 on the Matador Records label. The album has a more complex sound than the debut and features several live instruments, next to the samples on which the music is still based.
  2. "Pick Up" is a musical single of Bonobo.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  3. "Pick Up" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "Pick Up" is a composition.
  5. "Pick Up" is a composition.
  6. "Pick Up" is a composition.
  7. "Pick Up" is a composition.


"Pick Up" a.k.a. "Pick-up" is a book by Charles Willeford, published work.


  1. Pick Up was an Israeli Tv Program that premiered in 2005.
    • begun in (10 years ago)
    • country: Israel
    • regular cast: Bar Refaeli as Noa Zuckerman in
  2. "Pick Up" a.k.a. "Pick-Up" is a 1975 film directed by Bernard Hirschenson, marketed as an exploitation film full of sexy hippies, but praised by some critics for deeper artistic qualities.
    • country: United States of America
    • genres: Exploitation film, Fantasy, Horror, Drama
    • released in (40 years ago)
  3. "Pick Up" a.k.a. "Pick-Up" is a 1933 crime film starring Sylvia Sidney and George Raft. The movie was directed by Marion Gering.
  4. "Pick Up" a.k.a. "Pick-Up" is a 2006 short film directed by Manuel Schapira.
    • also known as Heb ab, Decroche
    • country: France
    • language: French
    • released in (9 years ago)


  1. "Pick Up" is a video game.
    • also known as Pick-Up
    • developers: Fox Video Games, Inc.
    • genre: Action game
    • publisher: CGE Services Corporation
    • released on (12 years ago)
  2. "Pick Up" a.k.a. "Pick-Up" is a video game.
    • genre: Action game
    • publishers: Code Works, The


  1. Pick Up a.k.a. Pick-up: In filmmaking, a pick-up is a small, relatively minor shot filmed or recorded after the fact to augment footage already shot. When entire scenes are redone, it is referred to as a re-shoot. In news studios, the term is more commonly called "insert" or "reaction shots". Local news stations send just one remote camera to cover a story. This is called PSC, or Portable Single Camera. After the interview, the subject is then asked to "react to questions" and the camera then takes various shots ex-post-facto. The reactions from angles other than the original shoot are then edited into the final cut.
  2. Pick Up is a TV spot.
    • also known as Pick-up
    • award: - Clio Award for Film Technique nomination for Leo Burnett Chicago

Phrases with Pick up

  1. Pick Up on
  2. Pick Up Line
  3. Pick Up Speed
  4. Pick Up the Tab
  5. Pick up stitches
  6. Pick Up the Phone
  7. Pick Up the Pieces
  8. pick up the gauntlet
  9. to pick up

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Pick up

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Google previewA Dictionary of the Underworld (2015)

British and American by Eric Partridge

*pick up, n.; pick-up. An arrest, esp. an arrest upon suspicion: 1924, Geo.

Google previewUp, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary (2015)

More than 150 stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round by Wendy Bernard

P5, *[with right-hand needle, pick up purl bump of St 7 rows below next ston left-hand needle and place on left-hand needle, making Sure St is not twisted, p2tog (picked-up purl bump together with next ston left-hand needle)] 4 ...

Google previewThe American Slang Dictionary (1891)

by James Maitland

Pick up, to improve in health.

Google previewA Minecraft Mini-Encyclopedia (2014)

by Cori Dusmann

Pick up those planks by hovering your cursor over them and then clicking. Drag them to the grid again, placing a plank in each of the four grid squares. A crafting bench will show in the square on the right (Figure 1.2). To use a crafting bench, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of School Health (2013)

by David C. Wiley, Amy C. Cory

While potential dangers exist for every mode of transportation, traffic congestion, increased pedestrian volume, and the variability among drivers who drop off and pick up students may introduce additional risk factors. These issues justify the ...

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Your baby can easily learn from you to sign Pick Up Something. Learn how to teach your baby to sign Pick Up Something {on the go} with ASL {without ...

Quotes about Pick up

What? No one wants my bouquet! Somebody better pick it up! Somebody better pick up my bouquet! (Mark McKinney)
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