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English definition of “pick up”

pick up

phrasal verb with pick     /pɪk/ verb [T]
SITUATION If a business or social situation picks up, it improves : Business is really starting to pick up now.Becoming betterMaking things betterMaking progress and advancing
WIND If the wind picks up, it becomes stronger .Wind and windsStormy weather
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