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Meaning & Definition of Pick in English

English

Pick

/pɪk/

noun

1. The person or thing chosen or selected

  • "He was my pick for mayor"
    synonym:
  • choice
  • ,
  • pick
  • ,
  • selection

2. The quantity of a crop that is harvested

  • "He sent the first picking of berries to the market"
  • "It was the biggest peach pick in years"
    synonym:
  • picking
  • ,
  • pick

3. The best people or things in a group

  • "The cream of england's young men were killed in the great war"
    synonym:
  • cream
  • ,
  • pick

4. The yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving

    synonym:
  • woof
  • ,
  • weft
  • ,
  • filling
  • ,
  • pick

5. A small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument

    synonym:
  • pick
  • ,
  • plectrum
  • ,
  • plectron

6. A thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material

  • "He used a pick to clean the dirt out of the cracks"
    synonym:
  • pick

7. A heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends

  • "They used picks and sledges to break the rocks"
    synonym:
  • pick
  • ,
  • pickax
  • ,
  • pickaxe

8. A basketball maneuver

  • Obstructing an opponent with one's body
  • "He was called for setting an illegal pick"
    synonym:
  • pick

9. The act of choosing or selecting

  • "Your choice of colors was unfortunate"
  • "You can take your pick"
    synonym:
  • choice
  • ,
  • selection
  • ,
  • option
  • ,
  • pick

verb

1. Select carefully from a group

  • "She finally picked her successor"
  • "He picked his way carefully"
    synonym:
  • pick

2. Look for and gather

  • "Pick mushrooms"
  • "Pick flowers"
    synonym:
  • pick
  • ,
  • pluck
  • ,
  • cull

3. Harass with constant criticism

  • "Don't always pick on your little brother"
    synonym:
  • blame
  • ,
  • find fault
  • ,
  • pick

4. Provoke

  • "Pick a fight or a quarrel"
    synonym:
  • pick

5. Remove in small bits

  • "Pick meat from a bone"
    synonym:
  • pick

6. Remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits

  • "Clean the turkey"
    synonym:
  • clean
  • ,
  • pick

7. Pilfer or rob

  • "Pick pockets"
    synonym:
  • pick

8. Pay for something

  • "Pick up the tab"
  • "Pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages"
  • "Foot the bill"
    synonym:
  • foot
  • ,
  • pick

9. Pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion

  • "He plucked the strings of his mandolin"
    synonym:
  • pluck
  • ,
  • plunk
  • ,
  • pick

10. Attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example

  • "Pick open the ice"
    synonym:
  • pick
  • ,
  • break up

11. Hit lightly with a picking motion

    synonym:
  • peck
  • ,
  • pick
  • ,
  • beak

12. Eat intermittently

  • Take small bites of
  • "He pieced at the sandwich all morning"
  • "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"
    synonym:
  • nibble
  • ,
  • pick
  • ,
  • piece

Examples of using

Please pick up the papers.
Are the cherries ripe enough to pick?
The bus stopped to pick up passengers.