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English definition of “pick sb/sth up”

pick sb/sth up

(LIFT) phrasal verb with pick     /pɪk/ verb
A2 to lift someone or something using your hands : If she starts to cry , pick her up and give her a cuddle . I picked up the kids ' clothes that were lying on the floor . I went to pick up the phone / receiver , but it had stopped ringing .Raising and lowering
(Definition of pick sb/sth up (LIFT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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