› COMMERCE to choose items that have been ordered by a customer: He picked goods into pallets for the delivery. Your groceries will be carefully picked, packed, and delivered to your door.
› FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to choose particular shares in which to invest: If you pick stocks thoughtfully and hold them patiently, your gains should be considerable.
› PRODUCTION to remove fruit, cotton, etc. from a tree or plant when it is ready: Immigrants do much of the menial labor in town, picking fruit, cleaning hotel rooms, and sweeping the sidewalk. → See also cherry-pick, pick up, pick sth up