Translation of "pick" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /pɪk/ us /pɪk/

B1 to choose something or someone

He was picked for the school football team.

B1 If you pick flowers, fruit, etc., you take them off a tree or out of the ground.

I picked some apples this morning.
pick a fight/an argument

to start a fight or argument with someone

discutir, pelearse
pick someone’s pocket

to steal something from someone’s pocket

robarle la cartera a alguien
noun [ no plural ] uk /pɪk/ us /pɪk/
take your pick

to choose what you want

We’ve got tea, coffee, or hot chocolate – take your pick.

a sharp metal stick used to break hard ground or rocks


(Translation of “pick” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /pik/

to choose or select

elegir, escoger
Pick the one you like best.

to take (flowers from a plant, fruit from a tree etc ), usually by hand

coger, recoger
The little girl sat on the grass and picked flowers.

to lift (someone or something)

levantar, recoger, coger
He picked up the child.

to unlock (a lock) with a tool other than a key

The thief must have picked the lock with a hair-pin.
pickpocket noun

a person who steals from people’s pockets

carterista, ratero
He kept his wallet in his hand because he knew there would be pickpockets in the crowd.
pick-up noun

a type of small lorry or van.

furgoneta, camioneta

the part of a record-player that holds the stylus.

brazo (del tocadiscos), fonocaptor
pick and choose

to select or choose very carefully

ser exigente, tardar en decidirse
When I’m buying apples, I like to pick and choose (the ones I want).
pick at phrasal verb

to eat very little of (something)

comer sin ganas
He was not very hungry, and just picked at the food on his plate.
pick someone’s brains

to ask (a person) questions in order to get ideas, information etc from him which one can use oneself

explotar los conocimientos de alguien
You might be able to help me with this problem – can I come and pick your brains for a minute!
pick holes in

to criticize or find faults in (an argument, theory etc)

encontar defectos
He sounded very convincing, but I’m sure one could pick holes in what he said.
pick off phrasal verb

to shoot (especially people in a group) one by one

matar uno a uno
He picked off the enemy soldiers.
pick on phrasal verb

to choose (someone) to do a usually difficult or unpleasant job

escoger, elegir, designar
Why do they always pick on me to do the washing-up?

to speak to or treat (a person) angrily or critically

meterse con, criticar mucho
Don’t pick on me – it wasn’t my fault.
pick out phrasal verb

to choose or select

elegir, escoger
She picked out one dress that she particularly liked.

to see or recognize (a person, thing etc)

identificar, distinguir
He must be among those people getting off the train, but I can’t pick him out.

(music ) to play (a piece of music), especially slowly and with difficulty, especially by ear, without music in front of one

tocar de oído
I don’t really play the piano, but I can pick out a tune with one finger.
pick someone’s pocket

to steal something from a person’s pocket

robar algo del bolsillo de alguien
My wallet has gone – someone has picked my pocket!
pick a quarrel/fight with (someone)

to start a quarrel, argument or fight with (someone) on purpose

buscar camorra, armar bronca
He was angry because I beat him in the race, and he tried to pick a fight with me afterwards.
pick up phrasal verb

to learn gradually, without formal teaching

I never studied Italian – I just picked it up when I was in Italy.

to let (someone) into a car, train etc in order to take him somewhere

recoger, pasar a buscar
I picked him up at the station and drove him home.

to get (something) by chance

conseguir, encontrar
I picked up a bargain at the shops today.

to right (oneself) after a fall etc; to stand up

ponerse de pie, levantarse
He fell over and picked himself up again.

to collect (something) from somewhere

coger, recoger
I ordered some meat from the butcher – I’ll pick it up on my way home tonight.

(of radio, radar etc) to receive signals

captar, recibir, sintonizar
We picked up a foreign broadcast last night.

to find; to catch

encontrar, coger
We lost his trail but picked it up again later
The police picked up the criminal.
pick up speed

to go faster; to accelerate

acelerar, ir cobrando velocidad
The car picked up speed as it ran down the hill.
pick one’s way

to walk carefully (around or between something one wishes to avoid touching etc)

andar con mucho tiento
She picked her way between the puddles.

(Translation of “pick” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)