pick up


pick up
I
(Roget's IV) v.
1. [To acquire incidentally]
Syn. happen upon, find, secure; see obtain 1 .
2. [To take up in the hand or arms]
Syn. lift, uplift, cuddle; see raise 1 .
3. [To receive]
Syn. get, take, acquire; see receive 1 .
4. [*To increase]
Syn. pay better, swell, swell out; see increase 1 .
5. [*To improve]
Syn. get better, get well, recover health; see recover 3 .
6. [*To call for]
Syn. call for, go for, stop for, drop in for, bring along, go to get, accompany, get, apprehend, invite; see also arrest 1 , invite 1 .
7. [*To make a casual acquaintance]
Syn. fall in with, take up with, encounter, give the glad eye, offer oneself, proposition*; see also solicit 3 .
II
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb 1. To move (something) to a higher position: boost, elevate, heave, hoist, lift, raise, rear2, take up, uphold, uplift, upraise, uprear. See RISE. 2. To collect (something) bit by bit: cull, extract, garner, gather, glean. See COLLECT. 3. Informal. To come into possession of: acquire, come by, gain, get, obtain, procure, secure, win. Informal: land. See GET. 4. Informal. To gain knowledge or mastery of by study: get, learn, master. See TEACH. 5. Informal. To take into custody as a prisoner: apprehend, arrest, seize. Informal: nab. Slang: bust, collar, pinch, run in. See LAW. 6. To begin or go on after an interruption: continue, renew, reopen, restart, resume, take up. See CONTINUE. II verb See pick.

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