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pick1

pick1

pronunciation:
pIk
parts of speech:
verb, noun
phrases:
pick on, pick out, pick up
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part of speech: verb
inflections: picked, picking, picks
definition 1: to choose from a group.
From five flavors of ice cream, I picked chocolate.
synonyms:
choose, pick out, select, single out
antonyms:
reject
similar words:
cast, elect, favor, prefer, settle on
definition 2: to gather by pulling off or out; pluck.
She picked cat hair off her sweater.
 
synonyms:
pluck
similar words:
collect, detach, draw, extract, gather, harvest, pull, remove, withdraw, yank
definition 3: to cause to happen.
He picked a quarrel with his father.
synonyms:
incite, provoke
similar words:
cause, excite, generate, initiate, inspire, kindle, start
definition 4: to open with a sharp instrument and often for the purpose of stealing.
The thief picked the lock.
similar words:
crack, force, open, pry
definition 5: to steal from someone's pocket or purse.
Someone picked Dad's pocket at the mall.
similar words:
lift, mug, pluck, rob, steal
phrase: pick on
phrase: pick out
phrase: pick up
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the best part.
That bright yellow banana is the pick of the bunch.
synonyms:
best, choice
similar words:
better, option, pleasure, preference, selection
definition 2: an act of choosing; choice.
Take your pick of these tomatoes.
synonyms:
choice, selection
similar words:
preference
definition 3: something or someone chosen.
What is your pick for the best movie of the year?
synonyms:
choice, selection
similar words:
option, pleasure, preference
definition 4: a small piece of plastic or other material used to pluck the strings of a musical instrument.
The musician uses a pick to play her guitar.
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