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pick sth up

verb uk phrasal verb with pick   /pɪk/ us  

(LEARN)

B2 to learn a new skill or language by practising it rather than being taught it: Don't bother with the computer manual - you'll pick it up as you go along. When you live in a country you soon pick up the language.Knowing and learning to learn interesting or useful information from someone or something: The nurse had picked up the information from a conversation she overheard.Knowing and learning

(BUY)

to buy something cheaply: She picked up some real bargains in the sale.Buying

(WIN)

to win or get a prize or something that gives you an advantage, such as votes or support: The People's Front expect to pick up a lot more votes in this year's elections.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things

(SIGNAL)

(of a piece of electrical equipment) to receive a signal: Can you pick up (= receive broadcasts from) Moscow on your radio?Communications technology - general words

(NOTICE)

to notice and react to something: Police dogs picked up the scent of the two men from clothes they had left behind.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive

(ILLNESS)

to catch an illness from someone or something, caused by bacteria or a virus: He picked up malaria when he was visiting the country on business.Being and falling ill
(Definition of pick sth up phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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