Meaning of “pick sb/sth up” in the English Dictionary

"pick sb/sth up" in English

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pick sb/sth up

phrasal verb with pick uk /pɪk/ us /pɪk/ verb


A2 to lift someone or something using your hands:

If she starts to cry, pick her up and give her a cuddle.
I picked up the kids' clothes that were lying on the floor.
I went to pick up the phone/receiver, but it had stopped ringing.

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A2 to collect, or to go and get, someone or something:

When you're in town could you pick up the books I ordered?
Whose turn is it to pick the children up after school?
The crew of the sinking tanker were picked up (= saved from the sea) by helicopter.

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(Definition of “pick sb/sth up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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