Noun: pickup 'pik,úp
Verb: pick up
- A light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard
- pickup truck, ute [Austral, NZ]
- A warrant to take someone into custody
"put out a pickup on that man"
- Anything with restorative powers
"she needed the pickup that coffee always gave her";
- A casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships
- The attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration
"his car has a lot of pickup";
- Mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge
- tone arm, pickup arm
- An electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable
- The act or process of picking up or collecting from various places
"garbage pickup is on Mondays and Thursdays"
- The act of taking aboard passengers or freight
- Take and lift upward
- lift up, gather up
- Take up by hand
"He picked up the book and started to read"
- Give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
"We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway"
- Go to meet, esp. to then take somewhere in a vehicle
"She picked up the children at the day care centre"; "They pick up our trash twice a week";
- collect, gather up, call for
- Get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
"I picked up that she has two grown-up children";
- learn, hear, get word, get wind, find out, get a line, discover, see
- Get in addition, as an increase
"The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home"
- Take into custody
"the police picked up the suspected criminals";
- collar, nail, apprehend, arrest, nab, cop, pinch [Brit, informal], nick [Brit, informal]
- Buy casually or spontaneously
"I picked up some food for a snack"
- Register (perceptual input)
"pick up a signal";
- Lift out or reflect from a background
"The scarf picks up the colour of the skirt"; "His eyes picked up his smile"
- Meet someone for sexual purposes
"he always tries to pick up girls in bars"
- Fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
"Music can pick up your spirits";
- elate, lift up, uplift, intoxicate
- Improve significantly; go from bad to good
"Her performance in school picked up";
- turn around
- Perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
"The dog picked up the scent";
- Eat by pecking at, like a bird
- Gain or regain energy
"I picked up after a nap";
- perk up, perk, percolate, gain vigor [US], gain vigour [Brit, Cdn]
Derived forms: picks up, picking up, picked up, pickups
See also: pick
Type of: acceleration, acquaintance, acquire, acquiring, aggregation, ameliorate, arrest warrant, assembling, bench warrant, better, bring out, bring up, buy, clutch, collecting, collection, comprehend, convalesce, corrective, eat, electro-acoustic transducer, elevate, excite, friend, get, get together, get up, getting, improve, lift, lorry [Brit], mechanical device, meet, meliorate, motortruck [N. Amer], perceive, prehend [archaic], purchase, raise, recover, recuperate, restorative, seize, set off, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir, touch, transport, truck
Part of: conveyance, phonograph, record player, transfer, transferral, transport, transportation
Encyclopedia: Pickup Pick up