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verb [transitive]     pick pronunciation in American English
/pɪk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypick
he/she/itpicks
present participlepicking
past tensepicked
past participlepicked
  1. 1
    to choose someone or something from a group

    Out of all the girls he could have gone out with, he picked me.

    pick someone/something for something:

    She was picked for the school play.

    pick someone to do something:

    My friends picked me to ask the teacher.

    1. a.
      to choose the people who you want to have in a particular group

      I haven’t picked my team yet for the new project.

  2. 2
    to take something with your fingers

    He was on his knees picking crumbs off the carpet.

  3. 3

    pick

    or

    pick at

    to keep pulling something with your nails

    If you keep picking that scab, it will never heal.

  4. 4
    to play a guitar or similar instrument by pulling the strings with your fingers
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