pick up

verb
1. take and lift upward (Freq. 22)
Syn: ↑lift up, ↑gather up
Hypernyms: ↑raise, ↑lift, ↑elevate, ↑get up, ↑bring up
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

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Something ——s something

2. take up by hand (Freq. 19)
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He picked up the book and started to read

Hypernyms: ↑touch
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

3. give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift (Freq. 6)
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We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway

Derivationally related forms: ↑pickup
Hypernyms: ↑transport
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

4. gather or collect (Freq. 5)
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You can get the results on Monday

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She picked up the children at the day care center

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They pick up our trash twice a week

Syn: ↑collect, ↑gather up, ↑call for
Derivationally related forms: ↑pickup
Hypernyms: ↑get, ↑acquire
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

5. get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally (Freq. 4)
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I learned that she has two grown-up children

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I see that you have been promoted

Syn:
learn, ↑hear, ↑get word, ↑get wind, ↑find out, ↑get a line, ↑discover, ↑see
Derivationally related forms: ↑discovery (for: ↑discover)
Hyponyms:
Verb Group: ↑witness, ↑find, ↑see
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s that CLAUSE

(for: ↑see)
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Somebody ——s that CLAUSE

(for: ↑discover)
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Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑get a line)
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Somebody ——s PP

(for: ↑get wind)
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Somebody ——s

(for: ↑get word)
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Somebody ——s that CLAUSE

(for: ↑hear)
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Somebody ——s that CLAUSE

(for: ↑learn)
6. get in addition, as an increase (Freq. 3)
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The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home

Hypernyms: ↑get, ↑acquire
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Something ——s something

7. take into custody (Freq. 3)
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the police nabbed the suspected criminals

Syn: ↑collar, ↑nail, ↑apprehend, ↑arrest, ↑nab, ↑cop
Derivationally related forms: ↑cop (for: ↑cop), ↑pickup, ↑arrest (for: ↑arrest), ↑apprehension (for: ↑apprehend), ↑apprehender (for: ↑apprehend), ↑collar (for: ↑collar)
Hypernyms: ↑seize, ↑prehend, ↑clutch
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

8. buy casually or spontaneously (Freq. 2)
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I picked up some food for a snack

Derivationally related forms: ↑pickup
Topics: ↑commerce, ↑commercialism, ↑mercantilism
Hypernyms: ↑buy, ↑purchase
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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The men pick up the chairs

9. register (perceptual input) (Freq. 2)
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pick up a signal

Syn: ↑receive
Derivationally related forms: ↑receptive (for: ↑receive), ↑receiver (for: ↑receive), ↑receptor (for: ↑receive)
Hypernyms: ↑perceive, ↑comprehend
Hyponyms: ↑hear
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

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They pick up the information to them

10. lift out or reflect from a background (Freq. 2)
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The scarf picks up the color of the skirt

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His eyes picked up his smile

Hypernyms: ↑bring out, ↑set off
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something

11. meet someone for sexual purposes (Freq. 1)
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he always tries to pick up girls in bars

Derivationally related forms: ↑pickup
Hypernyms: ↑meet, ↑get together
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

12. fill with high spirits; fill with optimism (Freq. 1)
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Music can uplift your spirits

Syn: ↑elate, ↑lift up, ↑uplift, ↑intoxicate
Ant: ↑depress (for: ↑elate)
Derivationally related forms: ↑intoxication (for: ↑intoxicate), ↑elation (for: ↑elate)
Hypernyms: ↑stimulate, ↑shake, ↑shake up, ↑excite, ↑stir
Hyponyms:
Cause: ↑rejoice, ↑joy
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s somebody

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Something ——s somebody

13. improve significantly; go from bad to good (Freq. 1)
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Her performance in school picked up

Syn: ↑turn around
Hypernyms: ↑better, ↑improve, ↑ameliorate, ↑meliorate
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s

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Somebody ——s

14. perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
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I caught the aroma of coffee

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He caught the allusion in her glance

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ears open to catch every sound

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The dog picked up the scent

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Catch a glimpse

Syn: ↑catch
Hypernyms: ↑perceive, ↑comprehend
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

15. gain or regain energy
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I picked up after a nap

Syn: ↑perk up, ↑perk, ↑percolate, ↑gain vigor
Derivationally related forms: ↑pickup
Hypernyms: ↑recuperate, ↑recover, ↑convalesce
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

16. eat by pecking at, like a bird
Syn: ↑peck
Derivationally related forms: ↑pecker (for: ↑peck)
Hypernyms: ↑eat
Verb Frames:
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Something ——s something


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