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"pickup" in British English

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pickupnoun

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-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 (TRUCK)

pickupadjective [only before noun]

/ˈpɪk.ʌp/  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

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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

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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)
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