(third-person singular simple present picks up, present participle picking up, simple past and past participle picked up)
- To lift; to grasp and raise.
- When you pick up the bag, make sure to support the bottom.
- To collect an object, especially in passing.
- Can you pick up a pint of milk on your way home?
- (intransitive) To clean up; to return to an organized state.
- Aren't you going to pick up after yourself?
- To collect a passenger.
- I'll pick you up outside the library.
- To collect and detain (a suspect).
- The cops have picked up the man they were looking for.
- (intransitive) To improve, increase, or speed up.
- Prices seem to be picking up again.
- I was in bed sick this morning, but I'm picking up now.
- (intransitive) To restart or resume.
- Let's pick up where we left off yesterday.
- To learn, to grasp; to begin to understand.
- It looks complicated, but you'll soon pick it up.
- To receive (a radio signal or the like).
- With the new antenna, I can pick up stations all the way from Omaha.
- (intransitive with on, by extension) To notice, detect or discern, often used with "on".
- Did you pick up his nervousness?
- Did you pick up on his nervousness?
- To point out (a person's behaviour, habits, or actions) in a critical manner.
- She's always picking me up on my grammar
- (intransitive with on) To meet and seduce somebody for romantic purposes, especially in a social situation.
- He was in the fabric store not to buy fabric but to pick up women.
- She could tell he intended to pick up on her.
- Did you pick up at the party last night?
- (intransitive) To answer a telephone. See pick up the phone.
- I'm calling him, but he just isn't picking up!
- To pay for.
- The company will pick up lunch with customers for sales calls.
- To reduce the despondency of.
- To take control (physically) of something.
- (soccer) To mark, to defend against an opposition player by following them closely.
- To record, to notch up
(plural pick ups)
- An impromptu athletic game.
- Rather than join a basketball league, James decided to play pick up.
- At lunch we had a game of pick up hockey.
- The act of collecting and taking away something or someone, usually in a vehicle. The time the act occurs.
- 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.
- Hey, thanks for the drink, but if this is a pick up, I'm not interested.
- (US) A pickup truck.
- (tennis) A half-volley.
- Alternative form of pickup.
- attributive form of pick up
- pick-up line