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  • v. To lift; to grasp and raise.
  • v. To collect an object, especially in passing.
  • v. To clean up; to return to an organized state.
  • v. To collect a passenger.
  • v. To collect and detain (a suspect).
  • v. To improve, increase, or speed up.
  • v. To restart or resume.
  • v. To learn, to grasp; to begin to understand.
  • v. To receive (a radio signal or the like).
  • v. To notice, detect or discern, often used with "on".
  • v. To point out (a person's behaviour, habits, or actions) in a critical manner.
  • v. To meet and seduce somebody for romantic purposes, especially in a social situation.
  • v. To answer a telephone. See pick up the phone.
  • v. To pay for.
  • v. To reduce the despondency of.
  • v. To take control (physically) of something.
  • v. To mark, to defend against an opposition player by following them closely.
  • v. To record, to notch up
  • n. An impromptu athletic game.
  • n. The act of collecting and taking away something or someone, usually in a vehicle. The time the act occurs.
  • n. An instance of approaching someone and engaging in romantic flirtation and courting with the intent to pursue romance, a date, or a sexual encounter. See also pick-up line, pick-up joint, pickup artist.
  • n. A pickup truck.
  • n. A half-volley.


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