pick [-ed, -ing] v
Collateral form of OE pike, etymology obscure.
- Pluck; harvest; gather; [fig.] enjoy; relish; savor; experience; derive pleasure from.
- Select; choose; decide on; [pun on “pick a lock”; see definition “C”.]
- Undo secretively; open clandestinely.
- Empty; dip into; clean out; divest of valuable contents; steal from; filch from; pilfer from; snatch from.
- Phrase. “Pick up”: recover; retrieve; take hold of; grasp and lift upwards in order to inspect. 1147/1149
- Phrase. “Pick up”: liven up; become active; begin to be busy.