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  • gain or regain energy
    • I picked up after a nap
  • eat by pecking at, like a bird
  • perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
    • I caught the aroma of coffee
    • He caught the allusion in her glance
    • ears open to catch every sound
    • The dog picked up the scent
    • Catch a glimpse
  • improve significantly; go from bad to good
    • Her performance in school picked up
  • fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
    • Music can uplift your spirits
  • meet someone for sexual purposes
    • he always tries to pick up girls in bars
  • lift out or reflect from a background
    • The scarf picks up the color of the skirt
    • His eyes picked up his smile
  • register (perceptual input)
    • pick up a signal
  • buy casually or spontaneously
    • I picked up some food for a snack
  • take into custody
    • the police nabbed the suspected criminals
  • get in addition, as an increase
    • The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home
  • get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
    • I learned that she has two grown-up children
    • I see that you have been promoted
  • gather or collect
    • You can get the results on Monday
    • She picked up the children at the day care center
    • They pick up our trash twice a week
  • give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
    • We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway
  • take up by hand
    • He picked up the book and started to read
  • take and lift upward
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