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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypick up on
he/she/itpicks up on
present participlepicking up on
past tensepicked up on
past participlepicked up on
  1. 1
    pick up on something to talk in more detail about something that someone has mentioned

    I’d just like to pick up on a couple of points that you made.

  2. 2
    pick up on something to react to something that has happened or that you have noticed

    She had expected Dan to pick up on her insult.

  3. 3
    to notice something that is not very obvious

    This is something you would expect a skilled negotiator to pick up on.

  4. 4
    pick someone up on something to correct someone who has made a mistake, or to criticize them for doing something wrong

    She’s always picking me up on my grammar.

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a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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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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