v 1: take and lift upward [syn: lift up, gather up]
2: take up by hand; "He picked up the book and started to read"
3: give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift; "We picked up a
hitchhiker on the highway"
4: 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" [syn: collect, gather up, call
5: 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" [syn: learn, hear, get word,
get wind, find out, get a line, discover, see]
6: get in addition, as an increase; "The candidate picked up
thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home"
7: take into custody; "the police nabbed the suspected
criminals" [syn: collar, nail, apprehend, arrest,
8: buy casually or spontaneously; "I picked up some food for a
9: recieve (perceptual input); "pick up a signal" [syn: receive]
10: lift out or reflect from a background; "The scarf picks up
the color of the skirt"; "His eyes picked up his smile"
11: meet someone for sexual purposes; "he always tries to pick
up girls in bars"
12: fill with high spirits; fill with optimism; "Music can
uplift your spirits" [syn: elate, lift up, uplift,
intoxicate] [ant: depress]
13: get better; "Her performance in school picked up" [syn: turn
14: 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" [syn: catch]
15: eat by pecking at, like a bird [syn: peck]
16: gain or regain energy; "I picked up after a nap" [syn: perk
up, perk, percolate, gain vigor]