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English definition of “pick up”

pick up

(INCREASE) phrasal verb with pick     /pɪk/ verb
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.Becoming betterMaking things betterMaking progress and advancing
(Definition of pick up (INCREASE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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