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pick

verb uk   /pɪk/ us  

pick verb (CHOOSE)

B1 [T] to take some things and leave others: Pick a card from the pack. One of my sisters has been picked for the Olympic team. [+ obj + to infinitive ] She was picked to play for the team. The police asked him if he could pick (out) the killer from a series of photos. The fairest way to decide the winner is to pick a name out of a hat/at random (= without looking or choosing). They picked their way (= carefully chose a route) down the broken steps. He's brilliant at picking winners (= choosing what will be successful).
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pick and choose often disapproving to take some things but not others: The richest universities can pick and choose which students they take.

pick verb (REMOVE)

B1 [I or T] to remove separate things or small pieces from something, especially with the fingers: I picked a piece of fluff off my shiny black suit. The child continued picking (at) a sore on his leg (= trying to remove parts of it with his fingers). [+ obj + adj ] The carcass had been picked clean (= all the flesh had been removed) by other animals and birds.disapproving He kept picking his nose (= removing mucus from it with his finger). B1 [T] When you pick flowers or fruit, you take them off a plant or tree: They were picking strawberries for twelve hours a day. I picked some roses this morning. Machines pick the fruit (from/off the trees).

pick verb (PLAY INSTRUMENT)

[T] When you pick a string on a guitar or similar instrument, you pull it quickly and release it suddenly with your fingers to produce a note.

pick

noun uk   /pɪk/ us  

pick noun (CHOICE)

[U] choice: You can have first pick of the cakes. have your pick to have a large choice available: The plane was fairly empty so we had our pick of seats. take your pick to choose the one(s) you want from the different types available: The shirts come in five different colours - just take your pick.

pick noun (TOOL)

[C] a pickaxe: picks and shovels [C] especially in combinations, a sharp pointed tool: a toothpick

pick noun (IN MUSIC)

[C] a plectrum
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