pickup Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “pickup” in the English Dictionary

"pickup" in British English

See all translations

pickupnoun

uk   us   /ˈpɪk.ʌp/

pickup noun (COLLECTION)

[C] the ​act of ​picking someone or something up, or the ​place where it ​happens: The pickup point for the ​long-distancecoaches is now in the new ​busstation. [C] informal a ​person who is ​picked up: The ​taxidriver said I was the first pickup that he'd had all ​evening.

pickup noun (SIGNAL)

[C] a ​device on an ​electricalmusicalinstrument or a ​recordplayer that ​causessounds to be ​produced or made ​louder

pickup noun (INCREASE)

[S] an ​increase or ​improvement: There's been a pickup in the ​value of the ​stock.have good/bad pickup US (of a ​car) to be ​able/​unable to ​increasespeedquickly

pickup noun (TRUCK)

pickupadjective [only before noun]

 us /ˈpɪk.ʌp/ US informal
A pickup ​game is one that has not been ​officiallyorganized: The ​basketballcourtsbustled with pickup ​games.
(Definition of pickup from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pickup" in American English

See all translations

pickupnoun

 us   /ˈpɪkˌʌp/

pickup noun (GETTING)

[C] the ​act of getting something or someone: Trash pickups are on ​Tuesdays and ​Fridays. We ​arranged the pickup for ten o’clock.

pickup noun (INCREASE)

[U] an ​increase in something that has different ​levels at different ​times: Next ​year is ​expected to show some pickup in ​inflation. [U] Pickup in a ​vehicle is ​itspower to ​increaseitsrate of ​speed: The ​car is ​easy to ​turn but it ​lacks pickup.

pickupadjective

 us   /ˈpɪkˌʌp/

pickup adjective (INFORMAL)

(of ​games) not ​officiallyorganized: The ​basketballcourtsbustled with pickup ​games.
(Definition of pickup from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pickup" in Business English

See all translations

pickupnoun

(also pick-up) uk   us   /ˈpɪkʌp/
[S] COMMERCE an ​increase or ​improvement in ​profits, ​sales, ​spending, etc.: a pickup in sth Analysts said the pickup in ​sales was the ​result of ​heavydiscounting by ​retailers.
[C] (also pickup truck) TRANSPORT a ​smalltruck with an ​openpart at the back in which ​goods can be ​carried: He ​pulled up to the ​site in a pickup ​full of bricks.
[C or U] the ​act of ​collectinggoods or ​people from a particular ​place: Recyclable ​materials can be ​left on the sidewalk for pickup. Your ​purchases can be ​delivered or ​collected from the pickup ​point.
(Definition of pickup from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pickup?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

autumnal

typical of autumn

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More