Meaning of “pickup” in the English Dictionary

"pickup" in British English

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uk /ˈpɪk.ʌp/ 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-distance coaches is now in the new bus station.

[ C ] informal a person who is picked up:

The taxi driver said I was the first pickup that he'd had all evening.

pickupadjective [ only before noun ]

/ˈpɪk.ʌp/ /ˈpɪk.ʌp/ US informal

(Definition of “pickup” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"pickup" in American English

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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 its power to increase its rate of speed:

The car is easy to turn but it lacks pickup.


us /ˈpɪkˌʌp/

pickup adjective (INFORMAL)

(of games) not officially organized:

The basketball courts bustled with pickup games.

(Definition of “pickup” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"pickup" in Business English

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also pick-up uk /ˈpɪkʌp/ us

[ 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 heavy discounting by retailers.

[ C ] also pickup truck TRANSPORT a small truck with an open part 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 collecting goods 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)