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Definition of "pick" []

  • To select from a group: The best swimmer was picked. (verb-transitive)
  • To select or cull. (verb-transitive)
  • To gather in; harvest: They were picking cotton. (verb-transitive)
  • To gather the harvest from: picked the field in one day. (verb-transitive)
  • To remove the outer covering of; pluck: pick a chicken clean of feathers. (verb-transitive)
  • To choose (something) deliberately or carefully, from or as if from a group or number; select (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To pluck or gather (fruit, berries, or crops) from (a tree, bush, field, etc) (verb)
  • To clean or prepare (fruit, poultry, etc) by removing the indigestible parts (verb)
  • To remove loose particles from (the teeth, the nose, etc) (verb)
  • (esp of birds) to nibble or gather (corn, etc) (verb)
  • To nibble (at) fussily or without appetite (verb)
  • To separate (strands, fibres, etc), as in weaving (verb)
  • To provoke (an argument, fight, etc) deliberately (verb)
  • To steal (money or valuables) from (a person's pocket) (verb)
  • To open (a lock) with an instrument other than a key (verb)
  • To pluck the strings of (a guitar, banjo, etc) (verb)
  • To make (one's way) carefully on foot (verb)
  • Freedom or right of selection (esp in the phrase take one's pick) (noun)
  • A person, thing, etc, that is chosen first or preferred (noun)
  • The act of picking (noun)
  • The amount of a crop picked at one period or from one area (noun)
  • A speck of dirt or paper fibre or a blob of ink on the surface of set type or a printing plate (noun)

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Use "pick" in a sentence
  • "Oh, the night before last night i found out that one of my friends had an eating disorder .. like she has this stupid class and she had to make one of those little origami game things. .you know…. the square thing where you pick squares and move your fingers and then you get to peel up the one you pick…"
  • "If I am not mistaken (and as things turned out I am sure I was right) the words were: _Gather gather, pick pick_, or _quick quick_."
  • "I hate cold weather but love football and basketball given that mo williams runs the pick & roll quite effectively, i actually expect to see the cavs run it more than less. this is not necessarily a bad thing - i liken the pick and roll to the ruy lopez opening in chess - not particularly subtle, but any thing less than perfect defense usually leads to an advantage for the offense. case in point, the celtics usually ran the pick and roll - often more than once per possession by multiple players against the lakers - who never did figure out how to stop it. imagine lebron starting the pick and roll - and when the lane is packed, passing out to williams at the top of the key and then setting the * pick* on the pick and roll, visualize the mismatch when the smaller defender tries to cover lebron cutting to the basket. finally, if someone can either get pavlovic's dad in cleveland for the season or get sasha married off (windhorst has noted that sasha playes better when he has family in town - and papa pavlovic was a european star), have pavlovic run the pick and roll; my take is that he prefers to shoot the 3 off the dribble vs. spotting up. and we still have wally and gibson spotting up from the outside. the pick and roll forces the opponent to play good team defense while allowing offensive players to take a breather - especially on our team, any single player dogging it on defense leads to a team breakdown. so my take is that hopefully mo will run the pick and roll which will give lebron a breather on various offensive possessions."