Definition of “pick up something” - English Dictionary

“pick up something” in American English

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pick up something

phrasal verb with pick us /pɪk/ verb [ T ]


to obtain or receive something:

While you’re in town, would you pick up a book for me?
Can you pick up the Yankees game up here (= receive broadcasts of it)?
She picked up her soccer skills from her older brother (= learned them informally).
Gwen picked up a cold on her trip (= started to suffer from it).

pick up (something)

phrasal verb with pick us /pɪk/ verb [ T ]


to start again after an interruption:

The author picks up the theme again on page ten.
In tomorrow's class we’ll pick up where we left off.

(Definition of “pick up something” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)