Meaning of PICK in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ pɪk ]

( picks, picking, picked)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If you pick a particular person or thing, you choose that one.

Mr Nowell had picked ten people to interview for six sales jobs in London...

I had deliberately picked a city with a tropical climate.

VERB : V n , V n


You can refer to the best things or people in a particular group as the pick of that group.

The boys here are the pick of the under-15 cricketers in the country...

N-SING : the N , usu the N of n


When you pick flowers, fruit, or leaves, you break them off the plant or tree and collect them.

She used to pick flowers in the Cromwell Road...

VERB : V n


If you pick something from a place, you remove it from there with your fingers or your hand.

He picked the napkin from his lap and placed it alongside his plate...

VERB : V n prep


If you pick your nose or teeth , you remove substances from inside your nose or between your teeth.

Edgar, don’t pick your nose, dear...

VERB : V n


If you pick a fight or quarrel with someone, you deliberately cause one.

He picked a fight with a waiter and landed in jail...

VERB : V n with n


If someone such as a thief picks a lock, they open it without a key, for example by using a piece of wire.

He picked each lock deftly, and rifled the papers within each drawer.

VERB : V n


A pick is the same as a pickaxe .



see also hand-pick , ice pick


If you pick and choose , you carefully choose only things that you really want and reject the others.

We, the patients, cannot pick and choose our doctors.

PHRASE : Vs inflect , usu PHR n


If you have your pick of a group of things, you are able to choose any of them that you want.

Here is an actress who could have her pick of any part...

PHRASE : V inflects , PHR of n


If you are told to take your pick , you can choose any one that you like from a group of things.

Accountants can take their pick of company cars...

PHRASE : V inflects , oft PHR of/from n


If you pick your way across an area, you walk across it very carefully in order to avoid obstacles or dangerous things.

The girls were afraid of snakes and picked their way along with extreme caution...

PHRASE : V inflects , PHR prep / adv


to pick someone’s brains: see brain

to pick holes in something : see hole

to pick someone’s pocket: see pocket

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