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  1. [verb] take and lift upward
    Synonyms: lift up, gather up

  2. [verb] take up by hand; "He picked up the book and started to read"

  3. [verb] give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift; "We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway"

  4. [verb] gather or collect; "You can get the results on Monday"; "She picked up the children at the day care center"; "They pick up our trash twice a week"
    Synonyms: collect, gather up, call for

  5. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: learn, hear, get word, get wind, find out, get a line, discover, see

  6. [verb] get in addition, as an increase; "The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home"

  7. [verb] take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
    Synonyms: collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, nab, cop

  8. [verb] buy casually or spontaneously; "I picked up some food for a snack"

  9. [verb] recieve (perceptual input); "pick up a signal"
    Synonyms: receive

  10. [verb] lift out or reflect from a background; "The scarf picks up the color of the skirt"; "His eyes picked up his smile"

  11. [verb] meet someone for sexual purposes; "he always tries to pick up girls in bars"

  12. [verb] fill with high spirits; fill with optimism; "Music can uplift your spirits"
    Synonyms: elate, lift up, uplift, intoxicate

  13. [verb] get better; "Her performance in school picked up"
    Synonyms: turn around

  14. [verb] 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"
    Synonyms: catch

  15. [verb] eat by pecking at, like a bird
    Synonyms: peck

  16. [verb] gain or regain energy; "I picked up after a nap"
    Synonyms: perk up, perk, percolate, gain vigor


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