1. [ verb ] select carefully from a group

: "She finally picked her successor" "He picked his way carefully" "We had to pick through a lot of data"

Related terms: choose hand-pick choice chooser
2. [ verb ] look for and gather
Synonyms: cull pluck

"pick mushrooms" "pick flowers"

Related terms: gather berry mushroom learn pick_up catch pick_up pluck cull_out sieve_out picking
3. [ verb ] harass with constant criticism
Synonyms: blame find_fault

"Don't always pick on your little brother"

Related terms: criticize cynic
4. [ noun ] (psychology) the person or thing chosen or selected
Synonyms: choice selection

"he was my pick for mayor"

Related terms: decision_making way favorite pleasure
5. [ verb ] provoke

: "pick a fight or a quarrel"

Related terms: provoke
6. [ verb ] remove in small bits

: "pick meat from a bone"

Related terms: remove
7. [ verb ] remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits, as of chickens or fruit
Synonyms: clean

"Clean the turkey"

Related terms: remove
8. [ noun ] (sociology) the best people or things in a group
Synonyms: cream

"the cream of England's young men were killed in the Great War"

Related terms: elite
9. [ noun ] the quantity of a crop that is harvested
Synonyms: picking

"he sent the first picking of berries to the market" "it was the biggest peach pick in years"

Related terms: output indefinite_quantity
10. [ noun ] a thin sharp implement used for picking

"he used a pick to clean dirt out of the cracks"

Related terms: hand_tool toothpick icepick
11. [ verb ] pay for something
Synonyms: foot

"pick up the tab" "pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages" "foot the bill"

Related terms: pay
12. [ verb ] (food) eat intermittently; take small bites of
Synonyms: munch piece nibble

"He pieced at the sandwich all morning" "She never eats a full meal--she just nibbles"

Related terms: gorge eat piece
13. [ noun ] a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
Synonyms: plectron plectrum
Related terms: device guitar_pick pluck
14. [ noun ] (sport,basketball) a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body

"he was called for setting an illegal pick"

Related terms: basketball_play
15. [ noun ] the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
Synonyms: weft filling woof
Related terms: yarn weave fabric
16. [ verb ] attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
Synonyms: break_up

"Pick open the ice"

Related terms: pierce chop
17. [ verb ] pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion, as of guitar strings
Synonyms: plunk pluck

"he plucked the strings of his mandolin"

Related terms: pull twang
18. [ verb ] hit lightly with a picking motion
Synonyms: peck beak
Related terms: strike beak
19. [ verb ] (food) eat intermittently; take small bites of
Synonyms: piece nibble

"He pieced at the sandwich all morning" "She never eats a full meal--she just picks at the food"

Related terms: eat
20. [ verb ] (law,criminal law) pilfer or rob

: "pick pockets"

Related terms: rob pickings
21. [ noun ] a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends
Synonyms: pickaxe pickax

"they used picks and sledges to break the rocks"

Related terms: edge_tool mattock
22. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 12751
23. [ noun ] the act of choosing or selecting
Synonyms: selection choice option

"your choice of colors was unfortunate" "you can take your pick"

Related terms: action decision vote sampling volition election colouration casting
Similar spelling:   picky