Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pick up”

See all translations

pick up

verb uk phrasal verb with pick   /pɪk/ us  

(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.
(Definition of pick up from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pick up?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “pick up” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

pup

a baby of particular animals, or a puppy

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More