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English definition of “pick sth up”

pick sth up

(LEARN) phrasal verb with pick     /pɪk/ verb
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
(Definition of pick sth up (LEARN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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