Definition of “pick sb/sth out” - English Dictionary

“pick sb/sth out” in British English

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pick sb/sth out

phrasal verb with pick uk /pɪk/ us /pɪk/ verb


to recognize, find, or make a choice among different people or things in a group:

Can you pick out the three deliberate mistakes in this paragraph?
The critics picked him out as the outstanding male dancer of the decade.

More examples

  • She picked out a pink shirt for me to try on.
  • Over 200 people applied for the job and we had to pick out ten to interview.
  • A witness picked out the attacker from police photos.
  • See if you can pick out the drawing that Rebecca did.
  • She could pick him out from a group photo.

(Definition of “pick sb/sth out” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)