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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypick out
he/she/itpicks out
present participlepicking out
past tensepicked out
past participlepicked out
  1. 1
    to choose one thing or person from a group

    Have you picked out a dress for the party?

  2. 2
    to recognize someone or something from a group

    You can pick out a liar by the nervous way they act.

  3. 3
    to see someone or something when they are difficult to see

    The yellow coat makes her easier to pick out in a crowd.

    1. a.
      to shine a light on someone or something so that they are easy to see

      A woman in the crowd was picked out by a spotlight.

    2. b.
      to make something easy to see by painting or making it in a different color from what surrounds it

      the symbol of a flame picked out in yellow and red

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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