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English definition of “pick”

pick

verb (CHOOSE)    /pɪk/
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 ). → Compare chooseTaking and choosing pick and choose often disapproving to take some things but not others : The richest universities can pick and choose which students they take.Taking and choosing chooseGrammar:Fixed expressions with andWe often use and in common fixed expressions. The order of the words cannot change: peace and quiet, pick and choose, come and go, knife and fork, black and white.
(Definition of pick verb (CHOOSE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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