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English definition of “pick sth up”

pick sth up

phrasal verb with pick
 
 
/pɪk/ verb [T]
GET to get something: I picked up a leaflet on mortgages while I was at the bank. She picked up some real bargains in the sale.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
LEARN B2 to learn a new skill or language by practising it and not by being taught it: He hadn't done any skiing before, but he picked it up really quickly.Knowing and learning
ILLNESS to get an illness from someone or something: She picked up a nasty stomach bug while she was on holiday.Not fit and healthyThin or slender (of people)
SIGNAL If a piece of equipment picks up a signal, it receives it: Antennas around the top of the ship picked up the radar signals.Communicating by telephone
NOTICE to notice something: Police dogs picked up the scent of the two men from clothes they had left behind.Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilant
(Definition of pick sth up from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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