From Wiktionary
pick is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
photograph - pick - picture



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picking tea
  1. (transitive & intransitive) When you pick something, you choose it.
    I have picked the best people to work on this job.
    This was picked as the best new toy of the year.
  2. (transitive & intransitive) If you pick up something, you lift it.
    She picked up the glass and put it down again.
    Pick your clothes up off the floor!
    The baby's crying. Can you pick him up?
  3. (transitive & intransitive) If you pick up the phone, you answer it.
  4. (transitive & intransitive) If you pick something up from somewhere, you go and get it.
    Mom, can you pick me up from Austin's at 8:00?
    I'll go an pick up a pizza.
  5. (transitive & intransitive) If you try to pick up someone you have just met, you talk to them because you want to have sex with them.
  6. (transitive) If you pick fruit, flowers, etc., you take them off the plant.
    We spent the morning picking apples in the forest.
    Please help me pick up the books that I've dropped.
  7. (transitive) If you pick something from somewhere, you take it out of or away from that place.
    After dinner he picked the rice out of the children's hair.
  8. (transitive & intransitive) If you pick a musical instrument such as a guitar, you play it by pulling its strings and letting them go.
  9. (intransitive) If you pick at something, you touch it many times without doing anything.
    He was too sick to eat and just picked at his food.
    She picked nervously at her dress.
  10. (intransitive) If you pick on someone, you are not nice to them in particular.
    He was picked on by his brothers for his small size.



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A guitar pick.
  1. (countable) A pick is a choice.
    His pick for Man of the Year was John Smith.
    You have your pick of the rooms. Which one do you want?
  2. (countable) A pick is a tool used to dig.
    He dug that hole using a pick.
  3. (countable) A pick is something used to play a guitar with.
    He forgot his guitar pick.