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Noun: pickup  'pik,úp
  1. A light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard
    - pickup truck, ute [Austral, NZ, informal]
  2. A warrant to take someone into custody
    "put out a pickup on that man"
  3. Anything with restorative powers
    "she needed the pickup that coffee always gave her";
    - pick-me-up
  4. A casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships
  5. The attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration
    "his car has a lot of pickup";
    - getaway
  6. Mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge
    - tone arm, pickup arm
  7. An electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable
    - cartridge
  8. The act or process of picking up or collecting from various places
    "garbage pickup is on Mondays and Thursdays"
  9. The act of taking aboard passengers or freight
Verb: pick up
  1. Take and lift upward
    - 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. 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
  5. 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
  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 picked up the suspected criminals";
    - collar [informal], nail [informal], apprehend, arrest, nab [informal], cop [informal], pinch [Brit, informal], nick [Brit, informal]
  8. Buy casually or spontaneously
    "I picked up some food for a snack"
  9. Register (perceptual input)
    "pick up a signal";
    - receive
  10. Lift out or reflect from a background
    "The scarf picks up the colour 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 pick up your spirits";
    - elate, lift up, uplift, intoxicate
  13. Improve significantly; go from bad to good
    "Her performance in school picked up";
    - turn around
  14. Perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
    "The dog picked up the scent";
    - catch
  15. Gain or regain energy
    "I picked up after a nap";
    - perk up, perk, percolate, gain vigor [US], gain vigour [Brit, Cdn]

Derived forms: picked up, picking up, picks up, pickups

See also: change state, 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, 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, Thomas

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