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verb [transitive] pick pronunciation in British English /pɪk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypick
he/she/itpicks
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. 3

    pick

    or

    pick at

    to keep pulling something with your nails

    She sits and picks the loose skin on her feet.

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