Definition of Pick in English :

Define Pick in English

Pick meaning in English

Meaning of Pick in English

Pronunciation of Pick in English

Pick pronunciation in English

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1. choice, pick, selection

the person or thing chosen or selected

Example Sentences:
'he was my pick for mayor'

2. pick, picking

the quantity of a crop that is harvested

Example Sentences:
'he sent the first picking of berries to the market'
'it was the biggest peach pick in years'

3. cream, pick

the best people or things in a group

Example Sentences:
'the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War'

4. filling, pick, weft, woof

the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving

5. pick, plectron, plectrum

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

6. pick

a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material

Example Sentences:
'he used a pick to clean the dirt out of the cracks'

7. pick, pickax, pickaxe

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

Example Sentences:
'they used picks and sledges to break the rocks'

8. pick

a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body

Example Sentences:
'he was called for setting an illegal pick'

9. choice, option, pick, selection

the act of choosing or selecting

Example Sentences:
'your choice of colors was unfortunate'
'you can take your pick'


10. pick

select carefully from a group

Example Sentences:
'She finally picked her successor'
'He picked his way carefully'

11. cull, pick, pluck

look for and gather

Example Sentences:
'pick mushrooms'
'pick flowers'

12. blame, find fault, pick

harass with constant criticism

Example Sentences:
'Don't always pick on your little brother'

13. pick


Example Sentences:
'pick a fight or a quarrel'

14. pick

remove in small bits

Example Sentences:
'pick meat from a bone'

15. clean, pick

remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits

Example Sentences:
'Clean the turkey'

16. pick

pilfer or rob

Example Sentences:
'pick pockets'

17. foot, pick

pay for something

Example Sentences:
'pick up the tab'
'pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages'
'foot the bill'

18. pick, pluck, plunk

pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion

Example Sentences:
'he plucked the strings of his mandolin'

19. break up, pick

attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example

Example Sentences:
'Pick open the ice'

20. beak, peck, pick

hit lightly with a picking motion

21. nibble, pick, piece

eat intermittently; take small bites of

Example Sentences:
'He pieced at the sandwich all morning'
'She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of pick
to choose (something) deliberately or carefully, from or as if from a group or number; select
to pluck or gather (fruit, berries, or crops) from (a tree, bush, field, etc)
to pick hops
to pick a whole bush
3. (transitive)
to clean or prepare (fruit, poultry, etc) by removing the indigestible parts
4. (transitive)
to remove loose particles from (the teeth, the nose, etc)
(esp of birds) to nibble or gather (corn, etc)
6. (when intr, foll by at)
to nibble (at) fussily or without appetite
to separate (strands, fibres, etc), as in weaving
8. (transitive)
to provoke (an argument, fight, etc) deliberately
9. (transitive)
to steal (money or valuables) from (a person's pocket)
10. (transitive)
to open (a lock) with an instrument other than a key
to pluck the strings of (a guitar, banjo, etc)
12. (transitive)
to make (one's way) carefully on foot
they picked their way through the rubble
13.  pick and choose
14.  pick someone's brains
freedom or right of selection (esp in the phrase take one's pick)
a person, thing, etc, that is chosen first or preferred
the pick of the bunch
the act of picking
the amount of a crop picked at one period or from one area
19. printing
a speck of dirt or paper fibre or a blob of ink on the surface of set type or a printing plate
a tool with a handle carrying a long steel head curved and tapering to a point at one or both ends, used for loosening soil, breaking rocks, etc
any of various tools used for picking, such as an ice pick or toothpick
a plectrum
4. (transitive)
to pierce, dig, or break up (a hard surface) with a pick
5. (transitive)
to form (a hole) in this way
1. (transitive)
to cast (a shuttle)
one casting of a shuttle
a weft or filling thread

Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers


see synonyms of pick
verb transitive
to break up, pierce, or dig up (soil, rock, etc.) with something sharply pointed; use a pick on
to make or form (a hole) with something pointed
to dig, probe, or scratch at with the fingers or with something pointed in an attempt to remove
to clear something from (the teeth) in this way
to remove by pulling as with the fingers; specif., to pluck or gather (flowers, berries, etc.)
to clear (something) in this way
; specif.,
to prepare (a fowl) by removing the feathers
to remove the fruit from (a tree, orchard, etc.)
to take up (food, etc.) in small pieces, as a bird with its bill; peck
to eat sparingly or daintily
to pull (fibers, rags, etc.) apart
to choose; select; cull
to look for and find excuse or occasion for (a quarrel or fight)
to look for purposefully and find
to pick flaws
11.  US
to pluck (the strings on a guitar, banjo, etc.)
to play (a guitar, banjo, etc.) in this way
to open (a lock) as with a wire instead of a key, esp. in a stealthy manner
to steal from (another's pocket, purse, etc.)
verb intransitive
to eat sparingly or fussily
to thieve or pilfer
to use a pick
to gather growing berries, flowers, etc.
to be picked
grapes pick easily
to select or choose, esp. in a careful or fussy manner
20.  US
to play the guitar, banjo, etc.
the act of picking; stroke or blow with something pointed
the act or right of choosing
the person or thing chosen; choice
the best or most desirable one or ones
the amount of a crop picked at one time
25.  US, Basketball
screen (sense 9)
a heavy tool used as in breaking up soil or rock: the metal head is long, narrow, and slightly curved, and pointed at one or both ends, with a wooden handle fitted into its center
any of several pointed tools or instruments for picking
usually in combination
a slender, plastic pin used to hold hair rollers in place
b.  US
a comb with widely spaced teeth, used for fine, curly hair
verb transitive
1.  Weaving
to throw (a shuttle)
one passage or throw of the shuttle of a loom
one of the weft threads, or filling yarns

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of pick
v. picked, pick·ing, picks
1. To select from a group: The best swimmer was picked.
a. To gather in; harvest: They were picking cotton.
b. To gather the harvest from: picked the field in one day.
a. To remove the outer covering of; pluck: pick a chicken clean of feathers.
b. To tear off bit by bit: pick meat from the bones.
4. To remove extraneous matter from (the teeth, for example).
5. To poke and pull at (something) with the fingers.
6. To break up, separate, or detach by means of a sharp pointed instrument.
7. To pierce or make (a hole) with a sharp pointed instrument.
8. To take up (food) with the beak; peck: The parrot picked its seed.
9. To steal the contents of: My pocket was picked.
10. To open (a lock) without the use of a key.
11. To provoke: pick a fight.
12. Music
a. To pluck (an instrument's strings).
b. To play (an instrument) by plucking its strings.
c. To play (a tune) in this manner: picked a melody out on the guitar.
1. To decide with care or forethought.
2. To work with a pick.
3. To find fault or make petty criticisms; carp: He's always picking about something.
4. To be harvested or gathered: The ripe apples picked easily.
1. The act of picking, especially with a sharp pointed instrument.
2. The act of selecting or choosing; choice: got first pick of the desserts.
3. Something selected as the most desirable; the best or choicest part: the pick of the crop.
4. The amount or quantity of a crop that is picked by hand.
5. Sports An interception of a pass.
6. Basketball A screen.
1. A tool for breaking hard surfaces, consisting of a curved bar sharpened at both ends and fitted to a long handle.
a. Something, such as an ice pick, toothpick, or picklock, used for picking.
b. A long-toothed comb, usually designed for use on curly hair.
c. A pointed projection on the front of the blade of a figure skate.
3. Music A plectrum.
1. A weft thread in weaving.
2. A passage or throw of the shuttle in a loom.
tr.v. picked, pick·ing, picks
To throw (a shuttle) across a loom.

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