Synonyms for (verb) pick up

Synonyms: pick up, percolate, perk, perk up, gain vigor

Definition: gain or regain energy

Usage: I picked up after a nap

Similar words: convalesce, recover, recuperate

Definition: get over an illness or shock

Usage: The patient is recuperating


Synonyms: pick up, turn around

Definition: improve significantly; go from bad to good

Usage: Her performance in school picked up

Similar words: meliorate, better, ameliorate, improve

Definition: get better

Usage: The weather improved toward evening


Synonyms: pick up

Definition: lift out or reflect from a background

Usage: The scarf picks up the color of the skirt; His eyes picked up his smile

Similar words: set off, bring out

Definition: direct attention to, as if by means of contrast

Usage: This dress accentuates your nice figure!; I set off these words by brackets


Synonyms: peck, pick up

Definition: eat by pecking at, like a bird

Similar words: eat

Definition: take in solid food

Usage: She was eating a banana; What did you eat for dinner last night?


Synonyms: pick up

Definition: take up by hand

Usage: He picked up the book and started to read

Similar words: touch

Definition: make physical contact with, come in contact with

Usage: Touch the stone for good luck; She never touched her husband


Synonyms: collar, pick up, cop, apprehend, arrest, nab, nail

Definition: take into custody

Usage: the police nabbed the suspected criminals

Similar words: prehend, seize, clutch

Definition: take hold of; grab

Usage: The sales clerk quickly seized the money on the counter; She clutched her purse; The mother seized her child by the arm; Birds of prey often seize small mammals


Synonyms: intoxicate, elate, pick up, lift up, uplift

Definition: fill with high spirits; fill with optimism

Usage: Music can uplift your spirits

Similar words: excite, stimulate, stir, shake, shake up

Definition: stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of

Usage: These stories shook the community; the civil war shook the country


Synonyms: pick up

Definition: give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift

Usage: We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway

Similar words: transport

Definition: move something or somebody around; usually over long distances


Synonyms: lift up, pick up, gather up

Definition: take and lift upward

Similar words: lift, raise, get up, bring up, elevate

Definition: raise from a lower to a higher position

Usage: Raise your hands; Lift a load


Synonyms: receive, pick up

Definition: register (perceptual input)

Usage: pick up a signal

Similar words: comprehend, perceive

Definition: to become aware of through the senses

Usage: I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon


Synonyms: pick up, catch

Definition: perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily

Usage: I caught the aroma of coffee; He caught the allusion in her glance; ears open to catch every sound; The dog picked up the scent; Catch a glimpse

Similar words: comprehend, perceive

Definition: to become aware of through the senses

Usage: I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon


Synonyms: pick up

Definition: buy casually or spontaneously

Usage: I picked up some food for a snack

Similar words: purchase, buy

Definition: obtain by purchase; acquire by means of a financial transaction

Usage: The family purchased a new car; The conglomerate acquired a new company; She buys for the big department store


Synonyms: collect, call for, pick up, gather up

Definition: gather or collect

Usage: You can get the results on Monday; She picked up the children at the day care center; They pick up our trash twice a week

Similar words: acquire, get

Definition: come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

Usage: She got a lot of paintings from her uncle; They acquired a new pet; Get your results the next day; Get permission to take a few days off from work


Synonyms: pick up

Definition: get in addition, as an increase

Usage: The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home

Similar words: acquire, get

Definition: come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

Usage: She got a lot of paintings from her uncle; They acquired a new pet; Get your results the next day; Get permission to take a few days off from work


Synonyms: pick up

Definition: meet someone for sexual purposes

Usage: he always tries to pick up girls in bars

Similar words: meet, get together

Definition: get together socially or for a specific purpose