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pick up

phrasal verb with pick uk   us   /pɪk/ verb

(INCREASE)

to increase or improve: The truck picked up speed slowly. The wind always picks up in the evening. The number of applicants will pick up during the autumn. His spirits picked up when he got the good news. Her career only began to pick up when she was in her forties.

(PHONE)

to answer the phone: I tried his home number but he didn't pick up.
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