Pick meaning

pĭk
To provoke.

Pick a fight.

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To take up (food) with the beak; peck.

The parrot picked its seed.

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To steal the contents of.

My pocket was picked.

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Pick is the act of choosing or what is chosen.

An example of a pick is the process of choosing a dessert.

An example of a pick is the selected flavor of ice cream.

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To open (a lock) without the use of a key.
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To decide with care or forethought.
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Pick is defined as to choose or open a lock without a key.

An example of to pick is to decide on chocolate ice cream for dessert.

An example of to pick is to open a locked door with a paper clip.

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To select from a group.

The best swimmer was picked.

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To remove extraneous matter from (the teeth, for example).
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To poke and pull at (something) with the fingers.
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To break up, separate, or detach by means of a sharp pointed instrument.
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To pierce or make (a hole) with a sharp pointed instrument.
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To work with a pick.
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To find fault or make petty criticisms; carp.

He's always picking about something.

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To be harvested or gathered.

The ripe apples picked easily.

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The act of picking, especially with a sharp pointed instrument.
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The act of selecting or choosing; choice.

Got first pick of the desserts.

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Something selected as the most desirable; the best or choicest part.

The pick of the crop.

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The amount or quantity of a crop that is picked by hand.
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An interception of a pass.
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A screen.
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A tool for breaking hard surfaces, consisting of a curved bar sharpened at both ends and fitted to a long handle.
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A plectrum.
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A weft thread in weaving.
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A passage or throw of the shuttle in a loom.
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To throw (a shuttle) across a loom.
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To throw (a shuttle)
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One passage or throw of the shuttle of a loom.
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One of the weft threads, or filling yarns.
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A heavy tool used as in breaking up soil or rock: the metal head is long, narrow, and slightly curved, and pointed at one or both ends, with a wooden handle fitted into its center.
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Any of several pointed tools or instruments for picking.

Toothpick.

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To break up, pierce, or dig up (soil, rock, etc.) with something sharply pointed; use a pick on.
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To make or form (a hole) with something pointed.
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To remove by pulling as with the fingers; specif., to pluck or gather (flowers, berries, etc.)
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To clear (something) in this way.
  • To prepare (a fowl) by removing the feathers.
  • To remove the fruit from (a tree, orchard, etc.).
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To pull (fibers, rags, etc.) apart.
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To choose; select; cull.
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To look for and find excuse or occasion for (a quarrel or fight)
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To look for purposefully and find.

To pick flaws.

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To open (a lock) as with a wire instead of a key, esp. in a stealthy manner.
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To steal from (another's pocket, purse, etc.)
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To eat sparingly or fussily.
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To thieve or pilfer.
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To use a pick.
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To gather growing berries, flowers, etc.
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To be picked.

Grapes pick easily.

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To select or choose, esp. in a careful or fussy manner.
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To play the guitar, banjo, etc.
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The act of picking; stroke or blow with something pointed.
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The best or most desirable one or ones.
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The amount of a crop picked at one time.
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A tool used for digging; a pickaxe.
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A tool for unlocking a lock without the original key; a lock pick, picklock.
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A comb with long widely spaced teeth, for use with tightly curled hair.
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A choice; ability to choose.
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That which would be picked or chosen first; the best.
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(basketball) A screen.
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(lacrosse) An offensive tactic in which a player stands so as to block a defender from reaching a teammate.
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(American football) An interception.
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(baseball) A good defensive play by an infielder.
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(baseball) Short for pick-off.
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(music) A tool used for strumming the strings of a guitar; a plectrum.
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A heavy iron tool, curved and sometimes pointed at both ends, wielded by means of a wooden handle inserted in the middle, and used by quarrymen, roadmakers, etc.
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A pointed hammer used for dressing millstones.
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(printing, dated) A particle of ink or paper embedded in the hollow of a letter, filling up its face, and causing a spot on a printed sheet.

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(art, painting) That which is picked in, as with a pointed pencil, to correct an unevenness in a picture.
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(weaving) The blow that drives the shuttle, used in calculating the speed of a loom (in picks per minute); hence, in describing the fineness of a fabric, a weft thread.

So many picks to an inch.

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To grasp and pull with the fingers or fingernails.

Don't pick at that scab.

He picked his nose.

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To harvest a fruit or vegetable for consumption by removing it from the plant to which it is attached; to harvest an entire plant by removing it from the ground.

It's time to pick the tomatoes.

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To pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to pluck.

She picked flowers in the meadow.

To pick feathers from a fowl.

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To take up; especially, to gather from here and there; to collect; to bring together.

To pick rags.

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To remove something from with a pointed instrument, with the fingers, or with the teeth.

To pick the teeth; to pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket.

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To decide upon, from a set of options; to select.

I'll pick the one with the nicest name.

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(cricket) To recognise the type of ball being bowled by a bowler by studying the position of the hand and arm as the ball is released.

He didn't pick the googly, and was bowled.

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(music) To pluck the individual strings of a musical instrument or to play such an instrument.

He picked a tune on his banjo.

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To open (a lock) with a wire, lock pick, etc.
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To eat slowly, sparingly, or by morsels; to nibble.
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To do anything nicely or carefully, or by attending to small things; to select something with care.
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To steal; to pilfer.
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(dated) To peck at, as a bird with its beak; to strike at with anything pointed; to act upon with a pointed instrument; to pierce; to prick, as with a pin.
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To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points.

To pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.

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pick and choose
  • To select with great care.
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pick holes in
  • To seek and discover flaws or a flaw in:.
    Picked holes in the argument.
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pick nits
  • To find fault in a petty way; nitpick.
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pick (one's) way
  • To find passage and make careful progress through it:.
    Picked her way down the slope.
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pick (someone) to pieces
  • To criticize sharply.
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pick up on
  • To take into the mind and understand, typically with speed:.
    Is quick to pick up on new computer skills.
  • To notice:.
    Picked up on my roommate's bad mood and left him alone.
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pick and choose
  • To choose or select carefully.
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pick apart
  • To separate or tear into many parts.
  • To find flaws in by examining critically.
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pick at
  • To eat small portions of, esp. in a dainty or fussy manner.
  • To nag at; find fault with.
  • To toy or meddle with; finger.
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pick off
  • To remove by picking or plucking.
  • To hit with a carefully aimed shot.
  • To throw out (a base runner taking a lead) by means of a throw from the pitcher or catcher before or after a pitch.
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pick on
  • To choose; select.
  • To single out as for abuse or criticism; annoy; tease.
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pick one's way
  • To progress slowly, choosing each move with care.
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pick out
  • To choose; select.
  • To single out from or recognize among a group; distinguish.
  • To make out (meaning or sense).
  • To play (a tune) note by note, as on a piano.
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pick over
  • To examine (a number of things) item by item; sort out.
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pick up
  • To grasp and raise or lift; take up.
  • To get, gain, find, or learn, esp. by chance or in a casual manner.
  • To stop for and take or bring along.
  • To take into custody; arrest.
  • To accelerate; gain (speed).
  • To regain (health, power, efficiency, etc.); improve.
  • To resume (an activity) after a pause.
  • To make neat; tidy up.
  • To take (a bill) with the intention of paying it.
  • To become acquainted with casually or informally, often with hope of sexual activity.
  • To answer or respond to a telephone call.
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pick up on
  • To become aware of, understand, appreciate, etc.
  • To start to do or use.
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Origin of pick

  • Middle English piken to prick from Old English pīcian to prick and from Old French piquer to pierce (from Vulgar Latin piccāre pique)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English pik variant of pike sharp point pike5

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Dialectal from pick to pitch, thrust variant of pitch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English picken, pikken, from Old English *pÄ«cian, pȳcan (“to pick, prick, pluck"), from Proto-Germanic *pikōnÄ…, *pÅ«kijanÄ… (“to pick, peck, prick, knock"), from Proto-Indo-European *beu-, *bu- (“to make a dull, hollow sound"). Cognate with Dutch pikken (“to pick"), German picken (“to pick, peck"), Icelandic pikka (“to pick, prick").

    From Wiktionary