Definitions for: Pick Up


[v] gain or regain energy
[v] get better; "Her performance in school picked up"
[v] lift out or reflect from a background, as of a color; "The scarf picks up the color of the skirt"; "His eyes picked up his smile"
[v] get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally; "I learned that she has two grown-up children"; "I see that you have been promoted"
[v] eat by pecking at; of birds
[v] take up by hand; "He picked up the book and started to read"
[v] take into custody, as of suspected criminals, by the police
[v] fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
[v] give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
[v] take and lift upward
[v] of perceptual input: receive a signal, receive news, receive a verdict, etc.
[v] perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily; "I caught the aroma of coffee"; "He caught the allusion in her glance"; "ears open to catch every sound"; "The dog picked up the scent"; "Catch a glimpse"
[v] buy casually or spontaneously; "I picked up some food for a snack"
[v] gather or collect; "You can get the results on Monday"; "She picked up the children at the day care center"
[v] get in addition, as an increase; "The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home"
[v] meet someone for sexual purposes



Webster (1913) Definition: Pick"-up, or Pickup Pick"up`, n. [Colloq., Cant. or
Slang]
1. Act of picking up, as, in various games, the fielding or
hitting of a ball just after it strikes the ground.

2. That which picks up; specif.: (Elec.) = Brush b.

3. One that is picked up, as a meal hastily got up for the
occasion, a chance acquaintance, an informal game, etc.

Synonyms: apprehend, arrest, call for, catch, collar, collect, cop, discover, elate, find out, gain vigor, gather up, gather up, get a line, get wind, get word, hear, intoxicate, learn, lift up, lift up, nab, nail, peck, percolate, perk, perk up, receive, see, turn around, uplift

Antonyms: cast down, deject, demoralise, demoralize, depress, dismay, dispirit, get down

See Also: acquire, ameliorate, ascertain, beatify, better, bring out, bring up, buy, catch, clutch, comprehend, convalesce, eat, elevate, exalt, excite, exhilarate, find, get, get together, get up, hear, improve, inebriate, joy, lift, meet, meliorate, perceive, prehend, puff, purchase, raise, recover, recuperate, rejoice, seize, set off, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir, thrill, touch, transport, trip up, wise up

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