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verb [transitive] pick pronunciation in British English /pɪk/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepicking
past tensepicked
past participlepicked
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  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: The following season he was picked for the national squad.
    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
      He will pick the team for Saturday’s match tomorrow.
      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.
    1. a.
      to get flowers or fruit by breaking them off their stems
      They spent the summer picking strawberries.
      freshly picked flowers
  3. 3



    pick at

    to keep pulling something with your nails
    She sits and picks the loose skin on her feet.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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