October 08, 2020
Learner's Word of the Day
pick out /ˈpɪk ˈaʊt/ phrasal verb
pick out
/ˈpɪk ˈaʊt/
phrasal verb

picks out; picked out; picking out

Picking out a new pair of sunglasses
Picking out a new pair of sunglasses
Learner's definition of PICK OUT

1 a pick (something) out or pick out (something) : to choose or select (the best or most appropriate person or thing) from a group

  • It took him an hour to pick out [=pick] what to wear.

  • They let their two-year-old daughter pick out her own clothes.

  • I've picked out the perfect spot for our picnic.

  • picking out a gift for a friend

1 b pick (something) out or pick out (something) : to play (a song, melody, etc.) by playing each note separately

  • She sat picking out a tune on the piano.

2 pick (someone or something) out or pick out (someone or something) : to see and identify (someone or something)

  • His red hair makes it easy to pick him out of/in a crowd.

  • The police had a witness pick the suspect out of a lineup.

  • I could pick out the pattern against the background.

  • No one was able to pick out the originals from the copies.

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