pick up
verb.
take and lift upward
Synonym: lift up, gather up
verb.
take up by hand
He picked up the book and started to read
verb.
give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway
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
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
verb.
get in addition, as an increase
The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home
verb.
take into custody
the police nabbed the suspected criminals
verb.
buy casually or spontaneously
I picked up some food for a snack
verb.
register (perceptual input)
pick up a signal
Synonym: receive
verb.
lift out or reflect from a background
The scarf picks up the color of the skirt|His eyes picked up his smile
verb.
meet someone for sexual purposes
he always tries to pick up girls in bars
verb.
fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
Music can uplift your spirits
verb.
improve significantly; go from bad to good
Her performance in school picked up
Synonym: turn around
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
Synonym: catch
verb.
eat by pecking at, like a bird
Synonym: peck
verb.
gain or regain energy
I picked up after a nap